In chapter two of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, Silvia goes to visit her brother Cosmo at his apartment in Philadelphia. While there, he makes tuna fish and spaghetti. My mom used to call this dish “poor man’s crabs and spaghetti.” It was very popular in my household growing up, and I still cook it on occasion myself. This recipe is my own and is fabulous!


1 can tuna fish
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Italian parsley chopped fine
3 chopped whole anchovies
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup olives chopped
2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
1 ts. fresh lemon juice
1 pound spaghetti
Salt*, pepper, Italian spices to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Saute all ingredients in hot pan with olive oil. Cover and cook over low heat for ten minutes. Serve with spaghetti, olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese.

*Add salt cautiously as anchovies are in themselves very salty