Lunchtime Tuna Pasta
Lunchtime Tuna Pasta – Serves 2
Every now and again the cost of living in London really hits me. It’s never my extortionate rent, nor is it the price of my annual travel in London - instead it’s usually the small things like buying a glass of wine at the local pub or the cost of a sandwich at lunchtime…. yesterday it was paying £4.50 for pasta at the local market - so I’ve decided to fight back!
When I think about it I usually spend around £5 a day on food at work. The mathematician inside me worked out that spending this sort of amount each day would cost me well over £1000 per year – on LUNCH. I was soon thinking up ways to cut back my spending although inevitably I was also thinking up ways of spending the money that I plan to save!
Still, I figured that making my own lunches would be much cheaper, healthier, more than likely tastier AND I get to buy myself a new computer game at the end of the month. Wii n - wii n situation!
This is one of those dishes that whilst not that imaginative I never seem to get bored eating it – hot or cold. I’m sure over the coming weeks I’ll be adding a few ‘more elaborate’ dishes, but for now I hope you enjoy simplicity at it’s best – Spicy Tuna Pasta.
- 140g pasta
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- Grated parmesan to serve
- 1 bunch of basil, stalks chopped, leaves picked
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Heat the oil in a pan and on a low heat fry the onion, chilli, garlic, basil stalks & cinnamon for around 4 minutes until softened.
Add the chopped tomatoes and tuna to the pan, some mixed herbs and then season to taste – then simmer for around 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened up a bit.
Cook your pasta in some salted water until al dente - it is important that you don’t over cook the pasta (particularly if you are taking your pasta to work in a container) as the pasta will tend to cook a little more in the tub overnight. Once cooked, mix the sauce and pasta together, sprinkle over some grated parmesan, a few basil leaves on top and seasoning to taste.