This luscious and healthy
pasta dish is exceptionally easy to make. There's no need to cook the
pasta separately because everything is cooked together in one pot! The
recipe below is for Tuna, Zucchini and Olive Pasta, and at the
bottom of the recipe we show you how to easily use this method to make
six other pasta dishes.
tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
cloves garlicfinely chopped
zucchinihalved lengthways and cut into half-inch slices
teaspoon dried oregano
cups boiling water
oz (420g) canned tomatoeschopped
tablespoons tomato paste
black olivespitted and chopped
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
oz (240g) short pasta like penne, spirals, shells or macaroni
oz (180g) good quality canned tuna in olive oildrained and broken
tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
grated Parmesan cheese for serving
HEAT 2 tablespoons
of the olive oil in a large pot. COOK the onions for 5 minutes, stirring
occasionally. ADD the garlic and zucchini and cook for 3 minutes. ADD
the water, tomatoes, tomato paste, olives, oregano, salt, pepper and pasta,
and bring to a boil. COVER with a lid, reduce the heat to medium, and
cook for 20 minutes, stirring once to prevent the pasta sticking. STIR
in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, tuna and parsley and serve sprinkled
with Parmesan cheese.
Olive and Red Pepper Pasta
Replace the zucchini with strips of red bell pepper, and replace the tuna
with diced skinless roast chicken.
Replace the zucchini with button mushrooms (cut into quarters) and finely
diced carrot and celery; replace half a cup of the water with half a cup
of white wine; replace the tuna with canned brown lentils.
Replace the zucchini with strips of jarred roasted red pepper, sun-dried
tomatoes and artichoke hearts; use fresh basil instead of parsley; and
replace the tuna with canned white beans.
Don't add the olives; use only one zucchini, and add asparagus, green
beans and peas; replace half a cup of the water with half a cup of white
wine; replace the tuna with 2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts; and replace
the parsley with fresh basil.
Don't add the zucchini or oregano; add a teaspoon of capers and ½
teaspoon chili flakes; replace the tuna with 4 chopped anchovy fillets
added at the beginning of the cooking process.
Don't add the zucchini, olives or oregano; add ½ teaspoon chili
flakes; replace the tuna with pre-cooked shrimp; stir in a tablespoon
of lemon juice at the end of cooking.
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