Looking for some cheap but substantial lunch or dinner fare ?!
Check your pantry and get crackin' !
Tuna and bacon combo in pasta is one of my all-time fave but then who can resist bacon ?!
This pasta is so simple to make and into your mouth ( ha ! ) in no time at all ! The sauce is creamy and spicy , the corn kernels adds texture and the bacon , the bacon *sigh* nuf said !
I've read an article before about a European chef here in HK that Asians don't really like al dente pasta , I think he's talking about me lol I almost always cook my pasta for about 12 to 15 minutes and no , the pasta wasn't mushy at all even steaming the leftover dish the next day .
How about you ? Are you one of those
Recipe adapted from BBC GoodFood
250 grams mezze penne or any short pasta
150 grams bacon , cut into 1-inch slices
1 can / 140 grams tuna in spring water
100 grams ( peeled weight ) shallots , finely chopped
1 clove garlic , minced
1 cup steamed fresh corn kernels
2/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
150 grams evaporated milk
150 grams UHT whole milk
1/2 cup hot water or pasta water
75 grams grated cheddar
25 grams butter
25 grams flour
about 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
salt to taste
* Preheat oven to 200°C .
* Boil pasta according to preference .
* In a wok or a large pan , heat oil , add in the shallots , cook for 5 minutes over medium heat , add in the garlic , fry for 1 minute then add in bacon and cook for another 2 minutes . Add in the corn kernels tuna , chilli flakes and half of the cilantro , stir gently , transfer to a plate . In the same pan , wipe or wash it , melt butter then add in the flour , use a whisk to stir it and cook for 1 minute . Gradually add in the 2 milk and water , stirring with a whisk as you pour , remove from heat , stir about 50 grams of the cheese and add back the bacon-tuna mixture , mix well to combine , season with salt .
* Drain pasta and mix in with the sauce , add in the remaining chopped cilantro and mix thoroughly . Transfer to a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese , into the oven and bake until cheese is starting to brown .
This post is linked to the bloghop event Bake-Along organized by Lena of Frozen Wings , Joyce of Kitchen Flavours and Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids . The theme is Baked pasta ,