Friday, January 25, 2008
Tasty lunchtime pasta
This week's pasta dish is from Jamie's Dinners, and has the unattractive title of "working girl's pasta". I am a solicitor, but not of that variety, so I have renamed it "Tasty lunchtime pasta". This describes it perfectly - I made it for lunch, and it's tasty!
There is a fair bit of scratching around to do as preparation for this dish, as you have to peel and crush garlic, chop tomatoes finely, deseed and chop a chilli, pit and chop olives, and zest and juice a lemon. For an impatient person like me who is trying to do a thousand things at once in the evenings, this blocks my flow a little. However, if you can overlook that, the end result is really delicious.
In a nutshell, you put 400g of dried penne on to cook. While that is bubbling away, you put some oil in a frypan, add 8 anchovies, let them melt, then throw in some capers, finely chopped olives (around 10), the chopped chilli, 5 small tomatoes (finely chopped), 2 crushed garlic cloves, the juice and zest of a lemon and 300g drained tinned tuna, and allow it to bubble away until everything is heated through. Once the pasta has cooked, drain it, reserving some of the cooking water, toss the hot pasta through the sauce, add a bit of the reserved cooking water if necessary to keep the pasta and sauce loose, and serve.
I divided this into 5 servings to take to work, and froze those which I didn't need immediately.