Fagioli e Tonno (beans and tuna)

fagioli e tonno served in a bowl with a side salad

Today, I’d like to share with you a wonderfully simple dish with roots in Tuscany.

Beans and tuna (fagioli e tonno) or beans with tuna (fagioli al tonno), it is the cannellini beans with top billing, always at center stage.

Usually offered as a salad in English cookbooks, I discovered a recipe using big handfuls of herbs and giving it a main dish place at the table and I fell in love.

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Shakshuka

shakshuka in the pan ready to eat with bread in the background

How can a dish with this much flavor and complexity and layers not be on my radar?! Let alone not in my regular meal planning rotation (like it is now)?

See, I thought it was just me.  I felt like I must be the only person in the world who has never heard of shakshuka.

But then I asked around and talked to other people. And for some, like me, it was indeed a word they’d never heard before. And when I described the dish itself, again like me, they looked dubious at best.

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