Thrifty kitchen #2

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Today's thrifty kitchen recipe may be an obvious choice, but there's no denying its a crowd pleaser and cheap to boot.

Good old tuna penne... but I have a few tricks up my sleeve to add a bit more excitement and flavour, using things you probably have lurking around in your cupboard or fridge anyway.

Olive oil
Small red onion, finely chopped
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin tuna steak (preferably in olive oil)
1 tsp sugar
Sea salt and black pepper
Pasta of your choice, we like penne

* Gently fry the onion in oil with the garlic until softened. 
* Add the tin of tomatoes, followed by the drained and flaked tuna.
* Add sea salt and black pepper to taste and the sugar.
* Simmer for about ten minutes, while you put your pasta on to cook. 
* Drain pasta, reserving a small amount of cooking water, and add pasta to the sauce.
* Gradually add the cooking water as you mix until pasta is coated to your taste.

Here's where it gets interesting. Depending on what you have in your kitchen, you could add one or a few of the following ingredients:

* Fresh chopped or 'lazy chilli'
* A spoon of basil pesto
* Olives
* Strips of roasted red peppers (ready roasted in jars)

My favourite additions to this recipe are: the juice of half a lemon, with a tsp of ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp fresh grated parmesan and a good handful of green olives. Yum.

What's for tea in your house tonight?

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