Monday nights always seem hard. On this particular Monday, grocery shopping wasn’t appealing and I wanted quick, delicious pasta. Success! I grabbed things from cupboards: can of tuna, can of tomatoes, kalamata olives. All good things. I used slowly cooked onions with some red pepper to give some sweetness and chili flakes to give warmth. Rather delicious and I think this would be perfect hangover food, too. Will keep you posted on that one.
Monday Night Pasta serves 4
2T olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, roughly chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
1/2 glass red wine
1T tomato paste
1tsp sugar or honey
2tsp dried oregano
1 regular can tuna in olive oil, drained
1/2 cup or more of kalamata olives, pitted if you fancy
1/2 tsp chili flakes, add more if you like heat
400g dried pasta shapes
Heat olive oil in a deep frying pan, add onion and cook slowly over a low heat. Do not let the onion brown, you want it sweet and soft, add a pinch of salt to help this says Nigella (it works!). Cook for at least 5 mins, preferably a bit longer. Add red pepper and cook for a couple of minutes before adding tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, sugar or honey (helps to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes), oregano and olives. Simmer over a low heat until the sauce has reduced and is jammy. Add chili flakes about halfway through cooking time. Season to taste.
In the meantime cook your pasta according to packet directions in plenty of salted water, drain. Return to pot and stir in the sauce. Serve with a crisp green salad.