Tuna and Mozzarella Bake
Pasta dishes are very popular with young and old members if the family. Finding a pasta recipe that feeds a hungry family and where most of the ingredients can come from the store cupboard is a boon to a busy cook.
TunaYou need not use expensive tuna in this recipe. Supermarkets own brands of tuna are ideal and cost very little.
PastaAny form of pasta shape will suffice for this meal. However the pasta shells (conchigilie) seem to be very good in this recipe. A regular sized bag of pasta will serve the family for a few meals and cost less than one pound.
Mozzarella CheeseMozzarella cheese is made from water buffalo milk and has a distinctive flavour. The elasticity of the cheese lends itself to pizza dishes and also to this recipe where it melts amongst the pasta and tuna and is very tasty.
Quick and EasyThis recipe is easy to prepare and quick to cook so is ideal after a hard day at work or when you come home late and want to eat as soon as possible.
Recipe (Serves Four - Six)
- 300 g pasta shells
- One tablespoon of olive oil
- One onion finely diced
- Two garlic cloves, crushed
- Two cans of flaked tuna drained
- Two cans of chopped tomatoes with herbs
- One mozzarella cheese chopped into one inch cubes
- One tablespoon of tomato paste
- Two heaped tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 100 g grated strong cheddar cheese.
- Two fresh tomatoes sliced thinly
At the same time heat the oil in a small pan and add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is clear but not brown.
Drain the water from the pasta shells. To the pan add the onion and garlic, the two cans of tomatoes with herbs, the tomato paste and the mozarella cheese. Ensure that the tuna is well drained and flake with a fork and add to the pan. Mix together so that the ingredients are combined without breaking the pasta shells.
Tip carefully into a heat proof dish. Add the grated parmesan cheese and layer the fresh tomato on top.
Place under the grill until golden brown and bubbling.
Serve immediately with home-made garlic bread.
Garlic BreadGarlic bread is quick and easy to prepare and cook. This can be done whilst the pasta is cooking and makes a tasty accompaniment.
Take one French stick and slice into two inch chunks.
Place 200 grams of butter into a warm bowl. Add two crushed garlic cloves and a heaped teaspoon of dried chopped parsley. Mix well and use half the mixture to spread over one side of each piece of French bread. Place under the grill and toast lightly. Repeat on the other side of the bread with the remaining garlic butter. Serve at once whilst still hot.