Penne with a punchy tuna sauce

Penne with a punchy tuna sauce

  • 350g penne
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It’s…

  • 5 tbsp caper, drained, rinsed and patted dry with kitchen paper

    Capers

    kay-per

    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • 185g jar pitted black olives, drained and roughly chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lime

    Lime

    ly-m

    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 x 200g tins tuna in spring water, drained

    Tuna

    tune-ah

    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world’s warmer oceans. They…

  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • ½ small pack basil, leaves picked

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the penne for 1 min less than pack instructions. Drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water, and leave the pasta in the colander.
  2. Heat the oil in the same pan you cooked the pasta in over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the capers and stir to coat in the oil. When the capers start to pop, reduce the heat and add the olives, lime zest and juice and tuna. Stir together, then return the pasta to the pan with the reserved cooking water. Stir through the Parmesan and basil and season with black pepper.


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