Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cooking with Jamie – Part 3: Jools' favourite Sunday afternoon pasta



I cooked an old (already blogged about) favourite tonight, so I decided to post about another recipe that I enjoyed from Cook with Jamie by Jamie Oliver.


Here is my adaptation. (I've added a narrative title in honour of Jamie):

MY FAVOURITE MONDAY AFTER WORK PASTA, WHICH WILL ALSO SERVE AS LUNCH TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

Ingredients
  
Olive oil
1 red onion , peeled and finely chopped
1 to 2 fresh red chilies, deseeded and finely chopped (leaves in a few seeds for extra heat)
1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp prepared basil pesto*
1 can (28 ounces) good-quality plum tomatoes
2 cans (10 ounces) good-quality tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound, 2-ounce good-quality rigatoni or penne
1 to 2 lemons , zest and juice
Small handful freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Heat a splash of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and cook the onion, chili, and cinnamon  on a medium to low heat for 5 minutes until onion has softened and is slightly sweet. Turn up the heat and add your tomatoes, pesto, tuna and a good pinch of salt. Break the tomatoes up using the back of a spoon, then bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

Meanwhile, cook the rigatoni in a pan of salted boiling water according to the pack instructions. When al dente, drain the pasta in a colander, reserving some of the cooking water.

Toss the pasta into the tuna and tomato sauce, the lemon zest and juice and Parmesan, and mix together well. Loosen the pasta with a little of the reserved cooking water if needed. Check the seasoning and serve immediately.

A healthy and delicious recipe that I will be adding to my rotation!

Best,

kh

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*I substituted pesto for the basil and oil of the original recipe because I had forgotten to add basil to the grocery list.  

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