Wednesday, November 12, 2008

linguine with tuna and tomato!

The princess is sick with a throat infection so I’ve been house bound for the last 3 days. I haven’t even been to the shop so needless to say my fridge and cupboards are empty. I always have the basics so there is always a pasta dish that can be made from the few bits I do have. This is my survival list:

 - olive oil
 - tinned tuna
 - capers
 - tins of Italian tomatoes
 - sea salt and black pepper
 - lots of dried pasta
 - dried chilli
 - parmesan cheese in the fridge
 - butter
 - fresh basil on the window sill
 - garlic
 - anchovies
 - onions
 - cherry tomatoes
 - dried oregano
 - lemons (dried out most of the time)

Today I decided to give this simple pasta a try and it was really delicious. People often ask me about cooking pasta without it sticking together etc so I took a few photos to show you how I cook mine. 

what you need:

 -  tin of Italian tuna in olive oil, the difference in quality really is amazing with tuna in brine but you can use this if you can’t get Italian.

 -  400g tin of Italian tomatoes, once again an Italian brand is so much better and I don’t mean Roma:) De Cecco pomodorini are excellent, they are so sweet and full of flavour.

 - 1/2 an onion finely diced

 - 1 garlic clove finely chopped

 - olive oil

 - sea salt and black pepper

 - 350g linguine or spaghetti

what to do:

 - bring a pot of water to the boil and add salt. Fill the base of your frying pan with olive oil , add your onion and garlic and cook until softened.

once your onions and garlic have softened add your tomatoes and simmer for about 10-15 mins:

once your water is boiling add your pasta and make sure you stir it with a pasta fork or slotted spoon for tubular pasta:

the key to cooking pasta right is to continue to stir it, you do not need to use oil:

cook until al dente, I check mine by taking a piece out and biting it, no pic of me biting it I’m afraid;)

drain and return to the pan:

season your sauce, add your tuna and cook for a couple of minutes and add some of your sauce to your linguine:

serve with the remaining sauce on top and enjoy:)


buon appetito!

Posted by LOR&BRU in 15:16:38

10 Responses to “linguine with tuna and tomato!”

  1. bigtree says:

    Looks simple but delicious! PS Thaks for posting the Chickpea & Spinach pasta soup recipe last month – I finally got around to making it for lunch today and really really enjoyed it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Che buono!!! This is one of my favorite pasta dishes.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lorraine i read a comment somewhere (!!) recently that Roma Organic tinned tomatoes are as flavoursome as the real italian .. can you comment on this ? Also where can I get the good ones in Dublin ?

  4. NewsWire says:

    wow that looks nice!. must give it a go

  5. Anonymous says:

    bigtree – no bother, glad you liked it:)

    Orchidea – it’s so simple but so delicious:)

    Anon – tbh I haven’t had Roma in years but out of interest I’ll try out a tin of the organic and report back. You can get the De Cecco in Fallon and Byrne. I saw them there the last time I was there.

    Newswire – welcome:) Let me know how you get on if you try it.

  6. Michele says:

    My mom used to make this a lot when we were kids. It was the only way she could sneak fish into me and my sister. :-) It looks great!

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