• Ingredients: 30
  • Serves: 8

Ahi tuna carpaccio with basil pesto fettuccine and heirloom tomatoes with bunch watercress, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper.


Tomato Water

  • 20 ripe Roma or heirloom tomatoes, cored and halved
  • 2 tbsps. kosher salt

Heirloom Tomato Salad





  • Mix of large and tiny white roses and fresias

Berry compote


Make Tomato Water

  1. Step 1 Line sieve with double layer of cheesecloth and set over large bowl. Pour tomato juice/purée into sieve and sprinkle with kosher salt.

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Make Heirloom Tomato Salad

  1. Step 2 Cut each tomato into 16 wedges, place in large bowl, and generously season with salt and pepper. In medium bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and shallots.

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  2. Step 3 Pour half of mixture over tomatoes, tossing gently to coat. Keep at room temperature, allowing tomatoes to marinate, at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.

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Make Tuna

  1. Step 4 Lay a long strip of plastic wrap on work surface and brush with olive oil. Place 1 tuna slice on plastic and brush with olive oil.

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  2. Step 5 Using flat meat mallet or heavy-bottom sauté pan, gently pound tuna starting in the middle and working to outside edges in circular motion.
  3. Step 6 Continue working until tuna is about 1/8 inch thick. Repeat with remaining tuna. Stack tuna slices (leave in plastic) on plate and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make Fettuccine

  1. Step 7 Fill large bowl with ice cubes and water. Have strainer ready in sink. Bring medium pot of water to boil.
  2. Step 8 Add pinch (1/16 teaspoon) of kosher salt and allow to dissolve. Lower basil leaves into water and stir 1 minute.

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  3. Step 9 Pour into strainer, then immediately plunge into ice bath to stop cooking. Once leaves are completely cool, drain and dry between layers of paper towel, pressing thoroughly.
  4. Step 10 Coarsely chop basil. In blender on high speed, purée basil, garlic, pine nuts, and 2 cups olive oil until smooth.

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  5. Step 11 Scrape down sides of blender and add additional oil as needed to achieve smooth purée. Pour into small bowl and stir in cheese.

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  6. Step 12 In large pot of boiling salted water, boil fettuccine until al dente. While fettucine is cooking, fill large bowl with ice and tomato water.

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  7. Step 13 Drain fettuccine in colander, then submerge in iced tomato water to stop cooking and add additional flavor.

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  8. Step 14 Gently stir until well chilled. Drain well and place in large bowl. Toss with pesto and garnish with additional grated cheese as desired.

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Assemble dishes

  1. Step 15 Carefully remove top layer of plastic from each tuna carpaccio and invert onto large chilled plate.
  2. Step 16 Generously season with salt and pepper. Use 8 tomato wedges to form a circle around tuna. Use fork to twirl fettuccine into small, tight bunches and place in center of each tomato circle, on top of tuna.

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  3. Step 17 Garnish with sprigs of watercress and drizzle with remaining balsamic vinegar mixture and any pesto left in bottom of fettuccine bowl.

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Nutrition information

Calories 1,836 Carbohydrates 107 g (36%)
Fat 136 g (209%) Protein 50 g (100%)
Saturated Fat 20 g (98%) Sodium 1,949 mg (81%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 16 g Fiber 9 g (37%)
Monounsaturated Fat 95 g Cholesterol 49 mg (16%)