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. See complete recipe from Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees Blog.


1 can tuna fish
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
3 cups marinara sauce*
1 pound spaghetti
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Saute garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add drained tuna and stir thoroughly. Combine tuna and garlic mixture and tomato sauce. Cook over low heat for one hour. Serve with spaghetti and grated Parmesan cheese.