Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Weekend dinner - tuna pasta bake and soda pudding


This Sunday evening, I wanted an easy dinner, so I made a reliable old faithful from my share-flat days. It is a tuna pasta bake that is dead simple and very cheap to make, so I thought I'd share the recipe here.

You will need:

300g dried pasta, cooked
425g tuna in springwater, drained
200g jar tomato paste
one diced onion

1 zucchini, sliced thinly into rounds
5 large mushrooms, sliced
small packet of grated cheese

Place the pasta, tuna, onion and tomato paste in the base of a large shallow casserole dish (~10") and combine well.

Top the tuna mixture with a layer of sliced zucchini, then a layer of sliced mushrooms, and finally with a layer of grated cheese.



Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees Celsius) for 40 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the food is cooked through. Serves 4-6.

Thanks to Angela for introducing me to this dish.

For dessert, I made my Mum's steamed soda pudding - it is rich and delicious, as it contains plum jam in the batter as well as on top:



Unfortunately, this one is a family secret, so I can't pass on the recipe, but I couldn't resist sharing the photographs. It is perfect to warm up your insides on a chilly winter evening.

13 comments:

Emiline said...

Simple and delicious!

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Ivy said...

The pasta dish sounds wonderful and I like the way it comes out, as for the pudding this looks delicious as well.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Em - I worked out it was you.

Lore said...

Yummy! Good ol' realible is always simple and delish.

A&N said...

You do realize that your perception of 'easy' may not be the same as others' :)

And the pudding? That is so not fair to tease with the pics and not post the recipe! Just kidding...

Maryann said...

The soda pudding..I'm new to this, although I make spotted dick for the bloke :) Thanks for the recipe!

Astra Libris said...

Mmmm, you've truly tantalized us with the secret pudding... ;-) It's gorgeous! I love your tuna bake too - such a great, healthful, one-dish meal! YUM! I will definitely try this one soon...

Mochachocolata Rita said...

yummmmm....i really want the pasta! and the pudding...sure u cant share the recipe? wink wink? hehe

The Caked Crusader said...

Pudding looks lovely - reminds me of castle pudding.

Indranee said...

Yummmmmy!!! Perfect for a Sunday dinner:)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I have never heard of soda pudding, but I am a lover of puddings...so I am intrigued. :)

Y said...

Soda pudding sounds very interesting! And tuna pasta bake used to be one of my favourites. Can't think why I haven't made it recently!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Such a gorgeous pudding!!