Tuna Pasta (Jamie Oliver)

Tuna Pasta (Jamie Oliver)

“This is Jools’—Jamie’s wife’s—favorite quick Saturday afternoon pasta,” Jamie says. What makes it to be so tasty is that besides being simple and very practical of making, it has a cinnamon touch that makes it all special. Another thing that I added another day was mozzarella cheese on the top and led to gratinate, it gets even more tasty.

Jool’s Pasta


1 pound, 2-ounce good-quality fusilli or penne
1 small onion , peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1 can good-quality whole peeled tomatoes chopped
2 cans (10 ounces) good-quality tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked
1 to 2 fresh red chilies , deseeded and finely chopped
1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 bunch fresh basil , leaves picked, stalks chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lemon , zest and juice
Small handful freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Heat a splash of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and cook the onion, chili, cinnamon and basil stalks on a medium to low heat for 5 minutes until onion has softened and is slightly sweet. Turn up the heat and add your tomatoes, tuna and a good pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

Meanwhile, cook the rigatoni in a pan of salted boiling water according to the pack instructions. When al dente, drain the pasta in a colander, reserving some of the cooking water.

Toss the pasta into the tuna and tomato sauce with the roughly torn basil leaves, a glug of olive oil, the lemon zest and juice, and mix together well. Loosen the pasta with a little of the reserved cooking water if needed. Check the seasoning and serve immediately with Parmesan.

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