Friday, 28 June 2013

Tuna and olive pasta

Tuna and olive pasta
Serves 2-3

I eat this at least once a month – usually in the run up to pay day when there’s nothing in the house to eat! If you have any leftover it will sit happily in the fridge until the next day. The sauce is quite punchy with salty olives and capers and a bit of warm heat from the chilli flakes, but you can always leave the chilli out if you are giving it to kids.

125g rigatoni or penne pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1 sprig rosemary (or use ½ tsp dried mixed herbs)
1 garlic clove, squashed
1 stick of celery, finely chopped, reserve a few leaves if there are any
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 pinch dried chilli flakes
1 small can tuna
6 black olives, sliced
1 tsp capers, rinsed and chopped
3-4 basil leaves (only if you have any)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tbsp grated Parmesan, optional

Cook the pasta according to instructions – about 12-14 minutes.
Heat the oil in a sauté pan and add the rosemary , garlic and celery and cook until lightly golden. Then add in the can of tomatoes – be careful as it will probably splutter! – and the chilli flakes and season, but go easy on the salt. Leave to reduce and thicken – about 5 mins.
Flake in the tuna, but don’t break up too much. Then add the olives, capers and tear in the basil if using. Add the balsamic and cook for another minute or two. Fish out the garlic and discard.
Take off the heat and stir in the parsley and any chopped celery leaves.
Drain the pasta and toss in the sauce. Serve with parmesan if you like.

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