I think everyone can agree that every other week (or day, in my case!) your partner/children/pets ask you: 'What's for dinner?' and instant depression sets in. How boring having to think about dinner every bloody night! And then you have the ping-pong convo. for about 20 minutes, I am sure you're familiar with it: 'Well, what do you wanna have?' 'I don't know.. what about you?' 'I don't know, you're the one who asked! I'm not even that hungry!' 'Oh, I'm starving.. take away?' 'No, we don't have money dumb ass!' 'So what shall we have?' etc. etc. etc. Sometimes we get so bored of the whole process we decide we will not eat and go to bed angry and annoyed.
But recently Fynley has started the eat the same meals as we do, so we couldn't wing getting a Chinese or having a hunger strike against ourselves, so cooking became a must. EVERY BLOODY DAY! So, easy solution? Tray bakes of all your leftovers!
Brilliant idea, usually you're bound to find something like a can of tomatoes, can of tuna and leftover olives in your house (if you're a student please ignore: you can't just cook beer with soda!) Throw that together with some pasta and voila, you shall have a nice meal bound to last for a few days.
My Pasta Bake consists of lots of veggies, no salt (because Fynn can't have any salt) and a sprinkling of cheese, but this recipe is so versatile you can eliminate or replace any of the ingredients you wish!
Tanya's Random-As-You-Like Tuna Bake
- Pack of cooked pasta, al dente
- Olive oil
- 50g. butter (approx.)
-2 cans of tomato soup
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- 2 cans of tuna
-2 red onions, roughly chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- leftover veg, I used: spinach, broccoli, asparagus, spinach and romanesco cauliflower.
- Dried or fresh herbs (I used mixed herbs, fresh basil and lemon thyme)
- Grated cheddar or mozzarella
- Salt and Pepper to taste.
1. Boil water in a large pan and cook the pasta until it is half done. Drain and set aside.
2. In the said pan, heat a splash of olive oil and fry the onions until translucent. Throw in the minced garlic and carefully fry for another minute.
3. Add all of the soup and canned tomatoes with tuna and herbs and heat through for 10 minutes on a low heat. Add the washed spinach and cook until it has wilted.
4. In a separate pan heat the butter and add the chopped cauliflower. Cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is slightly softened. Add chopped asparagus and broccoli and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the cooked vegetables to your tomato and tuna sauce and mix until all the veggies are incorporated in the sauce.
5. Take a large tray and in it mix the pasta with the sauce until all the pasta is covered in sauce.
6. Sprinkle with cheese and bake in a preheated oven on 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
I am by no means a recipe guru, but this pasta bake turned out delicious! And it is quick and easy, and it produced 6 adult portions and 7 baby portions!
So here's your dinner dilemma solved, you're welcome :)
Tonight I shall finish making my first order, which I am super excited about and start designing a new range of products. All shall be revealed soon my darlings!