“Fusilli ” in a Pesto sauce with tuna fish and ‘Bottarga’ – Lori’s way

PrimiAug 03 20140 Comments


Difficulty:Very easy  Time:Quick

INGREDIENTS (x 4 persons):

  • - 320 g of Fusilli pasta
  • - 140 g Pesto sauce ‘alla Genevese’ (see recipe)
  • - 200 g tuna, in olive oil
  • - 4 tablespoons of gray mullet ‘Bottarga’
  • - extra virgin olive oil
  • - sea salt/fine salt/
  • - black pepper, freshly grounded (as you like)


  • 1) Take a big deep pan and bring the water for the pasta to boil. When boiling, add a handful of sea salt and let it go back to boil before adding the Fusilli pasta.
  • 2) In the meanwhile put the pesto sauce on the bottom of a deep serving dish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Add the tuna chunks after draining them from the oil (in its can) and chop them into smaller pieces.
  • Cook the pasta ‘al dente’.
  • 3) When ready, drain the Fusilli from the water. Remember to keep aside a small bowl of the cooking water. You will need one or two tablespoons of this water to blend the pasta with the pesto-based sauce.
  • 4) When properly mixed together, serve immediately with a generous sprinkle of ‘Bottarga’, if you like, black pepper.


  • - Pasta ‘alla Carlofortina’ is the source of inspiration for this recipe.
  • - ‘Bottarga’ is considered a “caviar” from Sardinia, often called the ‘poor men’s caviar’. It s a dense fish roe made from tuna, gray mullet or swordfish. It is very popular in Sicily and Sardinia even though it can be found throughout the Mediterranean.