1 pound fresh tunasalt and pepper3/4 pound pasta of choice1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil6 large cloves garlic, peeled, thinly sliced lengthwise4 tomatoes, coarsely chopped1/2 cup brine-cured black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped1/2 cup chopped fresh basilfreshly ground black pepper to taste1/2 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated1/4 cup lemon juice
|Preheat broiler or grill. Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove.
In a medium bowl, combine oil, lemon juice and pepper. Add tuna chunks and toss to coat.
Place on broiler pan or skewer to grill and cook until just opaque throughout, 2-4 minutes per side. Cut into bite-size chunks and set aside.
While tuna is cooking, cook pasta, drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until it just starts to brown, about 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes, olives, the grilled tuna and cooked pasta; cook, tossing, until heated through, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, mix in the basil and season with pepper to taste.
Top with cheese, if using, and serve.