Rachael Ray's Sicilian Shell Pasta Salad

If you can find Italian tuna packed in olive oil for this pasta dish, it's worth the splurge!
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sicilian shell pasta salad

Recipe by Rachael Ray

  • 6Servings


  • 4 tbsp. olive oil

  • 6 anchovy fillets

  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 tbsp. Calabrian chili paste or 1 rounded tsp. crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine

  • 2 pt. cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 cup oil-cured olives or kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

  • About 3 tbsp. capers, drained

  • A few leaves of fresh basil, torn

  • Salt

  • 1 lb. conchiglie or medium shell pasta

  • 3 cups baby arugula

  • 2 cans or 2 jars (about 6 oz. each) sustainable tuna, drained and coarsely flaked

  • 2 stalks celery (from the heart) with leafy tops, finely chopped

  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley tops, chopped

  • 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped

  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)

  • EVOO, for drizzling


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, four turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the anchovies. Cook, stirring often, until they melt into the oil, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the garlic and chili paste. Cook, swirling the pan often, until aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the vermouth. Cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, olives, capers, and basil. Cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes begin to slump a bit, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a bowl.

3. Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook until al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the pasta and cooking water to the sauce. Toss in the arugula, tuna, celery, parsley, onion, and lemon juice; season. Drizzle with EVOO to taste.