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Pasta alla carlofortina, typical Sardinian recipe

Pasta alla Carlofortina

Quick carlofortina pasta with pesto: a super tasty Sardinian first course. Perfect for those who love Mediterranean flavors.

As the name suggests, pasta alla Carlofortina is a first course from Carloforte, a Sardinian town colonized by the Genoese, which is why the recipe is also affected by their influence. The city, known for the Sardinian recipe with fresh tuna , cherry tomatoes and Genoese pesto , is known for the Girotonno : it is an event that lasts four days in the Sulcis Iglesiente, in which international chefs compete with tuna-based creations, while great and children savor delicious recipes and enjoy the music of the area.

Do you want to find out how to prepare pasta alla carlofortina? Let’s start cooking together!

Pasta alla Carlofortina
Pasta alla Carlofortina

Preparation of Carlofortina pasta with fresh tuna

  1. Finely chop the onion and dice the fresh tuna.
  2. Pour three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a large pan and heat them with the onion.
  3. Add the diced tuna and let it brown for a few minutes.
  4. Wash, dry and cut the tomatoes in half and add them to the pan, cooking them for 10 minutes .
  5. Turn off the heat and stir everything with the raw Genovese pesto .
  6. Meanwhile, in a pan, boil some water, add salt and cook the penne for 7 minutes . As soon as they are cooked, pour them into a pan mixing everything.
  7. Decorate with a basil leaf and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and bring the hot dish to the table!

Variations of the Sardinian first course

If you want to choose a different type of pasta, take it easy: even spaghetti alla carlofortina will have their charm.

If unable to get fresh tuna, you can still prepare pasta alla carlofortina with canned tuna. In this case it will not be necessary to cook the tuna in advance, but it will be enough to cook it simultaneously with the cherry tomatoes.


Conservation is not recommended for Carlofortina pasta. Since pesto must be mixed raw as the last ingredient, we will not suggest you reheat this Sardinian first dish but rather consume it immediately !

If you love seafood first courses, we recommend you try the pasta with sea ​​urchins !

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