Friday, February 13, 2009

Studenty tuna pasta

Another busy week with very little time spent in the kitchen. Travelling with work at the beginning of the week, being cooked for on Wednesday and eating out with a friend last night has meant that there has been something of a dearth of food coming out of the Food, Glorious Food kitchen.

Last week was a different matter, however. With snowy conditions keeping me very much indoors, I spent lots of time pottering at home. As it was even too icy to consider venturing out to the shops, I was pretty much reliant on the contents of my cupboards. Good job that they were reasonably well stocked really.

Making the most of dry goods and canned foods took me back to being a student. In those days (not so long ago, I'll have you know), I was pretty content provided I had tinned tuna and tomatoes in the cupboard, fish fingers in the freezer and bread in the bread bin. Actually, don't tell anyone, but I'm still rather fond of a fish finger sandwich.

One of my staple suppers at university was this tuna pasta dish - I pretty much always had the ingredients to hand, it is very cheap and pretty tasty. There are better pasta dishes in this world sure. But when you have two feet of snow outside and you are desperate for food, this pretty much hits the spot.

I'm not going to give a full recipe. The point of this dish is that you make it with whatever you happen to have in the house. I've done it with sardines before now. And (again, please don't tell anyone), I've been known to grate over a handful of Cheddar in place of Parmesan.

Sweat an onion, along with some garlic and any other hard veg you might happen to have lying around (I happened to have a rogue courgette).

Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a tin of tuna and give a good stir. Add a pinch of dried herbs, a small pinch of chilli flakes and a generous pinch of sugar. Stir. Pour over a little vegetable stock and leave to simmer for around 20 minutes, topping up with stock if it reduces too far. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to pack instructions. Drain and stir into the hot sauce. Serve with some grated Parmesan (if that tickles your fancy) and chopped fresh herbs if you have them (I had a few chives).


Anonymous said...

I too lived on fishfinger sandwiches for the last term of my first year, that and Heinz oxtail soup. It took me a while to eat either again but I do love a fishfinger sandwich!

Rosie said...

Sometimes all I want is a quick and simple meal to make and your tuna pasta dish looks a great treat for this!

Rosie x

Loving Annie said...

I love pasta, but am not crazy about tuna. I'll make this delicious sounding recipe without it !

Lucy said...

Lol I have never tried a fish finger sandwich but the pasta looks yummy!

Joie de vivre said...

Very inventive!

Maria said...

I love tuna pasta and it's a staple dish in our home when we want something quick but yummy!


Greg said...

Nothing at all wrong with studenty food! :) Your dish looks great.

Dazy said...

This recipe is really going to keep me busy in the kitchen with all its glamor. This is another must for the weekend! My kids would just hug me for this.