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Author Notes: Pasta is the ultimate fast food. It’s quick, easy, tasty, comforting and this has to be one of my favourite pasta dishes. This dish also happens to make the perfect lunch. It’s what I’ve just had, and what can I say, I loved it. Tomatoes, chili, tuna, garlic, olives, olive oil, a dash of lemon juice, plenty of salt and slightly al dente spaghetti served with a crisp, cold and basically unsurpassable white wine spritzer. These tomatoes were great too as they actually smelt of tomatoes. Weird? Nooo sirree, a tomato isn’t to be judged by appearance alone, but by scent. A good tomato should actually smell of tomato. You can extend this wisdom to humans as well if you want. Not sure what the results would be. Let me know. Anyway, this dish is best enjoyed sat by open windows with a very hungry, rumbly belly. —wellseasonedwilly
- 1 handful dried spaghetti
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large clove of garlic (finely sliced)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
- 1 handful pitted green olives (roughly chopped)
- 1/2 cup tinned tuna (drained)
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
- 1 pinch sea salt
- grating of parmesan
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil with a dash of oil and sprinkle of salt. Once boiling, place the spaghetti in the pan and cook away. Cooking times may vary, but usually dried spaghetti will take 8-9 mins to cook. So that is how long you have to cook everything else.
- In a frying pan, over a high heat, heat the olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic until it just begins to turn a light brown. Chuck in the halved tomatoes and the chili flakes. Toss the pan. Leave on a high heat to cook away for 3 mins or so.
- Now add the halved olives, tuna, lemon juice, and a nice grind of sea salt in to the mix. Toss again.
- Check the spaghetti.If you think it is almost done, take a strand of spaghetti, being careful not to burn yourself and throw it with quite some force at your nearest wall. If it sticks, it is done.
- Once cooked, drain the spaghetti, add the spaghetti to the frying pan and toss together with the tomato and tuna mix. Get the pasta well smothered and then dish up, finishing with a light grating of parmesan.
- Get yourself a well-deserved white wine spritzer, a good book, and enjoy your lunch.