Thursday, 6 October 2011

Avocado Tuna Quick & Easy Pasta

This is one of my favourite quick and easy pastas to make. Quick because the ingredients are all raw, nothing needs to be cooked except the pasta and the result is delicious. This is the trick with pasta- it's a base for anything, so you can literally add anything to pasta. Remember though, the base to a good pasta, no matter what your sauce is, is that the pasta must be al dente. Don't overcook pasta, it is a sin to Italians, and it will not have the best flavour if you overcook it...also add salt to the water of the pasta, this is how the pasta takes on doesn't matter how much flavour is in your sauce if you don't add salt to the water your pasta will still taste bland.

This recipe was born out of necessity, the way that most of my recipes are college my roommate used to tell me to make a miracle meal...I used to ask "why miracle?"...she said "well we have nothing in the house and you still manage to make the best pasta" (I guess I'll give myself the credit for being resourceful) one time we were all hungry and literally all we had to work with was pasta, some vine tomatoes, shallots, Danish feta, tuna and parmiggiano (of course I'm italian so I always have parmiggiano)...
I literally made a pasta with what I had and it was delicious...I wouldn't normally add avocado to pasta, as in Italy no one would traditionally put that in...but I'm half Aussie now and in Australia they put avocado on everything, so I went for it...and guess what, it tastes great on pasta...

so here is what you need..


200g of 'Barilla' fusilli

1 medium can of tuna (I like the chilli flavoured one)
1/2 an avocado
1 whole large vine tomato
1 shallot
1/2 a block of Danish feta - 50g (or to taste)
1 tablespoon of basil from 'Gourmet Garden' (also add fresh basil if you have any)
1 tablespoon of garlic from 'Gourmet Garden'
4 olives (I used Sicilian ones, they are green, that were pre-marinated in oil)
Parmiggiano (amount should be to your taste)
1 dash of garlic salt (small amount)
Olive oil

Chop the tomatoes, shallots, avocado and olives. Add the can of tuna, I like the oil of the chilli one but if you don't then drain it; just make sure to add olive oil again because the tuna can make it dry. Then add the Danish feta, I like to crumble it with my hands.
Place all the remaining ingredients in a bowl, mix and taste. If you think it needs anything more go ahead and add to your liking...also feel free to remove any ingredient you don't like...

Boil the I always say, and I'm not advertising here, but my 'Barilla' fusilli always does wonders for me; but please use any brand you like and check the cooking time on the don't want mushy pasta...

Once the pasta is ready- drain it, mix in the ingredients, add a sprinkle of parmiggiano and serve...MANGIA!!!
(sorry for the messy pic, quick and easy isn't always the neatest)

Hope you enjoy...

One last thing I wanted to say is that the scope of my blog is not to be a culinary pioneer but on the other hand, to remind other homemakers and mom's that it doesn't have to take long to make something yummy and healthy...nor do we have to look further than what is already in our refrigerators...and yes for those who are confused about pasta, it is healthy unless you eat 4 servings. For good measure know that a serving of pasta shouldn't be more than 100g, that is what I serve my big man...for myself I serve 60g to 80g...most of the calories are hidden in the sauce...

Please, if you come up with a quick and easy pasta recipies share it with me, I'll be more than happy to post it...


  1. I will definitely try this tonight and let you know how it goes!

  2. I also like pasta everyday. pity my southafrican guest (inlaws) don't like it that much. Anyway university is starting again and I had some pasta there (as it is the only edible stuff really ) but this wasnt al dente the load that if happened to get was nearly crunchy .lol. like 5 minutes boiling..