This simple yet deeply flavourful pasta dish makes the perfect weeknight meal. It comes together in about 30 minutes and most all of the ingredients are pantry staples. Harissa is a spice often used in North African cuisine and it lends a deep spicy smokiness to this pasta. I used a fresh Grain Free fresh Cauliflower Pasta in this however you could use another brand of Fresh Gluten or Grain Free pasta or dried pasta. I have made this with canned sardines, tuna and also without any fish(vegan). All versions are equally delicious. As for a Harissa substitute you could use chili paste or red chill flakes.
Set a deep pot to boil on the stovetop. Add salt. Then add olive oil to a large wide saucepan and turn the heat to medium heat. Add shallots and a pinch of sea salt and sauté until softened, about 15 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the Harissa and cook for a minute or two.
Add your canned tuna(or sardines) or omit for vegan option; stir. Add your chopped(or canned) tomatoes and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the tomatoes start to break down a bit. If you are using canned tomatoes be sure to add about 1/2 cup of the Pasta cooking water(scoop out just before draining the cooked pasta)
Once your pasta water has come to a boil, salt the water and add your noodles. Just before the pasta is ready scoop out 1/2 cup of the cooking water and add to your tomatoes. Cook pasta until el dente(still a tiny bit of firmness to the bite) not mushy. With Gluten and Grain Free pasta the cooking times on the package are only a guide. You need to taste them to make sure they are actually cooked to prevent over or undercooking.
Pour cooked noodles into a colander and then add them to your sauce. Add your chopped parsley and stir and season with more sea salt as needed. Enjoy!
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups