Friday, October 26, 2012

Tuna, Avocado, Danish Feta and Lemon Infused Olive Oil Pasta

Hello Desirables

This pasta is known as Favourite Pasta here at the Beach House.  Who knew tuna, avocado and Danish feta could raise such joy and happiness in two under 10s as it does. 

Now just going on my stats.  Yes I confess I look at them lots.  Everyone says not to, but they are so intriguing.   So just looking at them, I know you guys don't respond as well to recipes, as you do to pretty pictures of houses, my better craft projects or when I rabbit on about some of the funny cr*p that is disguised as marriage and motherhood here at the Beach House.  But I had to share this recipe with you.  I invented this one, when I was sitting on the couch, not long after child birth, thanking God that I hadn't popped my first out any earlier than 36 and thankful in the knowledge that I had at least had a life, because boy was it over now.  I don't think I got off that couch for the first 5 months of said baby's life, so I did a lot of thinking back then, about what I had done and of course food.

I'm funny like that, no matter what my circumstances, I demand to eat well.  Even when I lived that fabulously swinging single life, which I was now reminiscing about sitting on the horrible grey leather couch, which Mr Beach House had purchased second hand, well before my watch,  I used to eat well.  I lived alone, but would still cook a very decent meal each night if I was at home and take the left overs to work the next day for lunch. 

Sitting on that couch exhausted,  with that new baby, I needed energy, I needed something that was delicious and I needed it quick.  So this is what I came up with.  I have two not so secret ingredients in there, which I add to most salads and pasta dishes and they really are worth the investment.  Guests to my table, comment often about these two things and I believe they are the secret of my culinary successes.

They are lemon infused olive oil (top shelf in the oil section of the supermarket).  I love the Cobram Estate brand and they didn't pay me to say that.  The other ingredient is Danish feta.  It's creamy and salty and dang delicious.  It is a poor man's version of goats cheese I think.  The Mayers Brand is available at Harris Farm and Woolworths and they didn't pay me to say that either.

Tuna & Avocado Pasta with Danish Feta and Lemon Infused Olive Oil
The following amounts serve 2 children. For 2 adults double the quantities and add chopped parsley to garnish

4 handfuls of fusilli or penne pasta
1/2 avocado cubed
1 small can (95g) of Sirena Italian style tuna (not paid to say that either)
A handful of crumbled Danish feta cheese
Generous drizzle of Cobram Estate Lemon infused olive oil.

Bring salted water to the boil and cook pasta to taste.
Meanwhile divide the remaining ingredients, except the oil between two pasta bowls.
Drain cooked pasta and divide evenly between two bowls.
Drizzle generously with lemon infused olive oil  and mix gently.
Garnish with parsley if serving to adults.

If we are on a self catering holiday, this is always on the menu.  I also ran it by the chilrens' feeding clinic at Westmead hospital when the littlest Beach House Brat was a patient there and they said this was a very healthy meal, as it had shades of the Mediterranean diet about it.
For other easy week night wonders to keep your family well fed go here.


  1. I love the Mayers Fetta too and have been using it for a while now. Once open though you need to use it quickly... Nice recipe, I must try! ;-)

  2. We are having this for dinner tonight now Carolyn.
    Thanks for the recipe......idea!!! It sounds delicious!!!
    Tania xx

  3. Tonight's dinner is now sorted thanks to you Carolyn! Sounds great, can't wait to try it :)
    Cas x

  4. Yum! This looks really fresh and healthy. I love the infused oils, I just bought myself a basil infused oil which I used in my prawn, lemon and herb pasta I made last night :)

  5. tuna pasta is great! so easy. i love your combo of flavours.

  6. I'm on the Optislim diet and looking at a very boring chocolate shake for lunch. This looks sooooo good!

  7. Another good way to prepare pasta, which has to be my favorite food. I like the flavorful simplicity of this recipe.

  8. Finally a recipe easy enough for me. Looks delicious and I will be trying this one.

  9. I'm not much of a cook anymore, hubs does almost all of it or I help out a little. He's a darn good cook.
    But that recipe sounds and looks so appetizing I'm game. Have never used Feta cheese but have seen it used in many recipes. The lemon infused olive oil sounds good also. We've just lately started using olive oil as we watch our weight, yeah right, I watch my weight. Have to, was born with my stupid thyroid already on vacation, it just flat out didn't work so anything I eat goes to the old butt and legs since I started having kids.
    My hubs has a bit of a tummy but he's been about the same since we got married 44 yrs ago. Just not fair. I've probably gained and lost about 3 or 4 people at least since we got married. Just not fair.

  10. Oh sounds yummy, I would love some too. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  11. That looks and sounds so good!
    I would love to have you share this (or any other recipes of yours) at Wednesday Extravaganza - my Foodie link party, and maybe win a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame! Here is the link:

    I can't wait to see you there!

  12. Yummy!!! Must try it. Dropping by via Transformation Thursday. I look forward to seeing you at my festive tablescape:-)


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