Monday, 12 September 2011


It’s lunch time, I have a million things to do and my hubby says "I’m hungry, but I don't have much time because I have to run to my next meeting…."

"OKAY" I say, "just sit tight I’ll make you the best pasta….AMORE MIO!!!"

This is the quickest pasta don’t have to cook anything, just boil the pasta…

I of course always have a house stocked with enough ‘Barilla’ pasta of every kind to feed an ARMY.
I like penne or fusilli for this recipe...
Either one is fine; they both cook for max 11 minutes…don’t use long pasta because it will get messy…

First, always put the pasta to boil in salted water because it takes 11 minutes to cook, and with this recipe it will only take you 5 minutes to make the sauce.

You need a can of tuna, here in Australia I’m completely obsessed with ‘Serena Tuna’ because they have lovely cans that come with chilly oil or lemon pepper...the best!!!


Pasta - 150 g of either penne or fusilli ('Barilla' is my preference)
1 can of ‘Serena Tuna’ in chili oil – you can also use regular tuna in oil and add chili flakes
Parmiggiano cheese - 30g
Olive oil
1 tbsp Chunky garlic paste from ‘Gourmet Garden’
1 tbsp Basil herb mix from ‘Gourmet Garden’
1 tbsp Mediterranean seasoning from ‘Gourmet Garden’

please feel free to add more or less of each depending on your taste!!!

*See the website for were you can find their products in your area:

 In a bowl mix the tuna with all the oil from the can, in my case I keep the oil because it is chili oil. If you have regular tuna in water or don’t want the oil from the can then just add extra virgine olive oil (once the can has been drained), Parmiggiano cheese and all of the herbs (either fresh ones or the herbs from the 'Gourmet Garden'...either way is fine) just mix everything evenly. 

This is just how I made it for this occasion but feel free to add anything you like…maybe you have some sundried tomatoes, artichokes (in olive oil or canned) or olives in your refrigerator then add them in. The idea of this recipe is to make a quick and easy pasta with what you have at home, so get creative!!!!

When the pasta is ready and AL DENTE… drain the pasta, add it to the tuna mixture and drizzle in some olive oil at the end to really blend everything nicely… add some fresh basil and your are done (I didn’t in my picture as I was really in a rush!!!)




  1. Hi Sara,

    Great blog post and recipe, thanks for sharing. Finding quick, easy and healthy lunches are a constant headache for me, so I loved to see how feasible this recipe is to make!

    Thanks again,

  2. Hi Sara, What a good quick and easy meal the "mini bun-less veal burgers" are. I was really impressed with the Gourmet Garden herbs and spices you introduced us to. Thanks again ,and I will happily keep cooking these yummy meals.Sue x

  3. Deborah Sherwood6 October 2011 at 20:00

    Tried this last week and we loved it!! I will now add it to the regular meals list.