I’m off to Italy on a short holiday tomorrow (so no more posts for a bit) so tonight I fancied a taste of Italian flavours to get me in the mood. I wanted something really quick because I worked quite late and also still have some packing to do! Unfortunately I’m a little like old mother Hubbard at the moment, but as I can always guarantee that there will be a tin of tuna lying around in my cupboard a filling meal is never too far away. There is always a tin of tuna in my desk drawer at work too, which has become a bit of an ongoing joke amongst my colleagues…. Anyway, I’m lucky enough to live near a fruit & veg store which is open quite late, so I popped in on the way home for a courgette and some cherry tomatoes. Quite pleased with this dish considering how thrown together it was!
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 1 large courgette, spiralised
- Tin of Tuna (in Spring water/olive oil is preferable)
- 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- For the pesto: 1 Tablespoon of Pine nuts, clove garlic, 4 sundried tomatoes (I use the Merchant Gourmet dried ones), olive oil, lemon juice
- First make the pesto. Lightly toast the pine nuts, then blend or bash together with about a Tablespoon of olive oil, a little boiling water, the crushed garlic and lemon juice.
- Lightly boil/steam the spiralised courgettes for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile heat the sliced cherry tomatoes in a frying pan. When the courgettes are done, drain them well and add to the frying pan. Top with the pesto and stir through, then combine with the tuna. Tip onto a serving plate and top with black pepper and fresh basil (or whatever you’ve got – I used dried parsley a la Weatherspoons because it made the dish look pretty for the camera…)
- Hope I come back from Italy with some more inspiration!