As Mrs A mentioned last week, we love our food. In fact we’ve been known to plan whole days around food and eating…..really! So it only made sense to make food a regular post on TPW.
Did you catch Mrs A’s chicken and ginger soup last week?...delish.
In our house Mr M and I share the cooking, we both love to cook so don’t see it as a particular chore but we have fallen into a pattern. Mr M will take the reins at the weekend and I tend to cook the daily meals Monday-Friday, not necessarily boring meals but standard recipes I know like the back of my hand. We have about 15-20 recipes like these which we just rotate and every now and then we find a great one to add to the list. Mrs A’s soup from last week is one of those recipes we will be adding to the list.
The recipe I am sharing today is the easiest and cheapest recipe on our list. We call it a storecupboard recipe, I usually have the ingredients for it any given week and it’s our fall back recipe when the fridge is looking a bit empty and we can’t quite bear the thought of a mid week dash to Tesco’s.
Puttanesca – In Italian this means ‘Tarts’ pasta, ‘saucy’ eh? Pun totally intended.
Tin of anchovies
Handful of black pitted olives
Tablespoon of capers
Tin of tuna
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Large clove of garlic
½ teaspoon of chilli flakes
Packet of spaghetti or Linguini
1. First off drain the oil from the anchovies into a saucepan and fry the garlic in the oil until it’s just about to turn golden.
2. In the meantime chop up the olives, anchovies and capers. Add this mixture and the chilli flakes to the garlic and oil and fry until the anchovies have melted. Add the drained tin of tuna and tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce is hot. If you like the tomatoes sweeter cook the sauce on a low heat for 30mins.
3. Mix with cooked pasta and serve. If you’re feeling fancy you can add a garnish of basil and a large glass of red wine.
In total this recipe costs £1.26 per serving another reason to love it. The recipe above makes 2 really large portions with lots of leftovers for lunch but will easily feed four if you add a side salad and maybe some garlic bread.
Lots of love