So my daughter came home the other day and announced that:
- Her friend K had invited herself over for tea the following week
- K demanded that they (including little sis) put on in a ‘gymmastic’ show, that I had to watch, and loudly cheer after each and every bow
- Thirdly, I had to make a tuna pasta dish that was exactly like the one K’s mother makes for her every week.
Clearly, I had been told. And obviously, the play date was happening. So I had to make the tuna pasta bake. Except that I could not get hold of K’s mum when I went shopping. After a mild panic, I decided to go with the flow, throw some tuna, pasta, tomatoes and cheese into my shopping basket and to just blag it.
I was rather nervous as I whipped up two slightly different versions of the tuna pasta bake, ready for K’s taste test. Little kids are quite honest. I even took my time making them look all pretty. Only to get a text from K’s mum in the morning to say that say K had a cold so was sadly unable to come for the playdate. The best-laid plans and all that.
Freddy and I ate this one and I got a big thumbs up from him, so phew. Second tuna pasta bake is in the freezer, waiting for when K finally comes over to play.
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Tuna Pasta Bake
- 300 g (10.5oz) pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 bell pepper deseeded and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 X 400g (28oz) chopped tomatoes
- 2 X 120g (8.4oz) of tuna drained
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- Handful of basil leaves torn
- Handful of rocket chopped
- 150 g (5.3oz) of mozzarella cheese sliced
- Preheat the oven to fan assisted 180C / 200C / 400F / gas 6.
- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, till almost almost done. You want the pasta al dente.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion, pepper and garlic and cook for about 5 mins until soft.
- Mix in the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 20 mins.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the pasta, tuna, cherry tomatoes and basil and transfer into a casserole dish.
- Add the cheese one top and bake for 20 mins until the cheese in melted.