My beloved has been snacking on canned tuna to the extent that I have been influenced and followed suit. We have been experimenting with various ways to make our tuna sandwiches taste amazing.
Mix with tomato sauce and fresh onion anyone?
Or how about a mayo and cucumber combo?
Any wacky and delicious combo you would like to share?
I have also gone through the phase of having curried canned tuna accompanied with rice and a fried egg for dinner. Personally, I find canned fish is a fuss free way to include fish in your diet.
Other than the above, I used canned fish, namely tuna or salmon in my pasta. To ramp up the flavour, I entrusted my favourite condiment of the year – chipotle in adobo sauce, oregano and ground cumin to make Mexican style pasta. Remember my pantry pumpkin risotto, well, meet another meal I like to put together using pantry ingredients . Oh yeah, it is pretty obvious that I have been spending a lot of time rummaging my pantry ha! Two recipes from my pantry in a week? Someone has been busy decluttering hey?
Chipotle Salmon and Sweet Corn Baked Macaroni
What you’ll need to make 4-6 servings:-
- 1 onion, peeled & diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled & finely chopped
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbps dried oregano
- 1 tbsp chipotle in adobo sauce (you can find my post on how to work with chipotle pepper in adobo sauce here)
- 680g/24 ounces Passata (Italian tomato puree)
- 2 x 95g (3.3 ounces) canned salmon in canola oil (Tassal brand)
- 1+ 1/2 cup of frozen sweet corn
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 250g macaroni
- A handful of shredded cheese (I used the Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus)
Set the oven to the “grill” function at 200C/392F.
In a large pan (I used Baccarat 28cm stir fry pan), add the oil from the canned tuna and saute onion, garlic, ground cumin and dried oregano until the onion is translucent and the mixture becomes aromatic. This is done over medium heat. Add chipotle and saute for a few seconds until aromatic. Pour in passata, salmon, sweet corns and allow the mixture to cook over low-medium heat, covered. In the meantime, cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions, except for cooking the macaroni 2 minutes under the recommended time. Drained the macaroni, add to the sauce and stir well. Allow the macaroni to cook in the sauce until al dente. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer the pasta to a baking dish and top with shredded cheese. Melt and blister the cheese under the grill. Serve immediately with your choice of salad.