A quick post today for a speedy, easy delicious dinner. If you have dried pasta, tin of tuna and a tin of tomatoes in your pantry your all set. Dinner will be ready in less then 30 minutes – from start, none of this 30 minute meal providing you have the water boiling and pans hot, sorry Mr O (we still love your work though).
I always use tuna in olive oil I find it has so much more flavor, just drain off the oil if your concerned about the fat content, I use the drained oil in the pan for the sauce rather then additional olive oil, adds to the depth of flavor of the sauce.
Time: 20-30 minutes preparation and cooking
- 1 X 185 gram tin tuna in olive oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or oil drained from the can of tuna
- 2 cups dry pasta, I’m partial to Rigatoni for this sauce
- 1 X 440 gram can of tomatoes crushed or whole
- 1 small onion or shallot finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed, chopped, sliced or even whole however you like your garlic
- Parsley chopped and grated Parmesan for serving (optional)
- Dried chili flakes are also optional
Pop your salted pan of water on and bring to the boil for the pasta.
Whilst the water is coming to the boil in the pasta pot. Take a frypan and add the oil either from the tuna or olive oil. Once the pan and oil are hot sauté the onion for a minute or two then add the garlic. I usually add a touch of salt too. Sauté for about 4 minutes, to take the rawness away.
Add the tomatoes, if your using whole, smash them down to your desired consistency. If your adding extra heat – now is the time to add the dried chili flakes
By this time you pasta water should have come to the boil so add your pasta to the water and bring to the boil for 6-8 minutes depending on your pasta choice.
Once your tomatoes, onions and garlic have sizzled away for 3-4 minutes add the drained tuna.
Salt and pepper to taste (yes please do taste as this is the time to season)
Simmer the sauce slowly whilst the pasta is coming to the ready point.
Drain your pasta, retaining about 1/4 cup water and add to your sauce. You may not need the full 1/4 cup just add a tablespoon or so and see how you like the consistency. Adding the pasta water is optional, the starchy water does really bring most sauces together I find.
Turn you sauce off the heat – add the drained pasta and mix through
Serve with parsley and Parmesan.
Pop on a tray, sit on the couch and enjoy!
Disclaimer: I actually am a dining table kind of gal, but every so often nothing beats dinner on the lap in front of the TV. Dine wherever is your preference.