A few days ago we had a discussion with some friends on Facebook about pasta dishes. I'm not a big fan of it and I do not cook much pasta either. Not that I don't like, but I find pasta dishes pretty messy. And I do hate too much tidying up. But I really liked the recipe and actually while the sauce and the pasta was cooking, I managed to tidy up the kitchen. So a quick and not a messy pasta dish by Jamie Oliver. He says that every time he makes this easy dish, his wife Jools seems to be really impressed with it. So why not turn it into your favourite! Just do use fresh basil if you can. I used just dried as it's winter and not so easy to get fresh one.
What we need:
1 red onion
1 fresh red chilli
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon ( it went so well with tuna- pleasantly surprised!)
1 teaspoon of dried basil ( but do use fresh if possible)
800g tinned plum tomatoes
600 gr of good tinned tuna in olive oil
salt and pepper
500 gr rigatoni or penne
1 lemon zest and juice
a small handful of grated Permesan cheese
What we have to do:
1. Pour some olive oil into a pan and add finely chopped onion, chilli and cinnamon with basil. Fry for about 5 minutes until onion has softened.
2. Ass tomatoes and break them using the back of a spoon, then add tuna and salt, pepper. Bring it to boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, cook the rigatoni with some salt, then drain it. Toss the pasta into the tuna and tomato sauce with some more basil, olive oil and lemon zest and juice, Permesan and mix together well. Check the seasoning and serve immmediately.