So the smart thing to do was to cook something that only needed to be finished in the oven just before dinner in advance.
That, to me, means a pasta bake!
Note: I made enough to feed 13 here, so don't be alarmed by the quantities of everything I used! :P
In a hot Dutch oven, I sauteed diced onion in olive oil for 2-3 minutes until the onions had softened and become translucent.
While that happened, I cooked the pasta. Once the pasta was cooked, I reserved one cup of the pasta water and drained the pasta.
Note: I always take 2-3 minutes off cooking time if I am baking the pasta.
I mixed the pasta with the sauce, and dished this into individual serving casseroles which had been sprayed with canola oil. You can also use one big serving dish if you like!
Easy Tuna Pasta Bake with Corn, Red Peppers and Mushrooms (Serves 4-6)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 carrot, shredded
1 red pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 punnet (200-250g) white mushrooms, sliced
1 cup (175g) frozen sweet corn
1 can tomato puree (or chopped tomato)
3 cans tuna
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (240ml) chicken stock
500g pasta - I used pasta shapes
1/4 cup (25g) Parmesan cheese
1 cup (125g) Cheddar
1. Saute onion in olive hot for 2-3 minutes until soft and translucent. Add carrot and red pepper and cook for 3 more minutes or until the carrots start to wilt.
2. Add minced garlic, mushrooms and corn. Stir to mix. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add tomato puree and chicken stock, followed by the tuna.
4. Add oregano and dill. Stir until well-combined.
5. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Cook pasta according to manufacturer's instructions, but take 3 minutes off the cooking time. Reserve one cup of pasta water (to dilute sauce if needed), and drain the pasta. Add to sauce and mix well.
7. Dish into casserole dish, top with cheese and bake at 200 for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops have turned golden brown.
8. Serve immediately, with a salad, or garlic bread or bruschetta.