Beach Cottage Two in One Recipe ~ Tuna Pea & Lemony Pasta

Mon 27th, Jun, 2011

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Hope you enjoyed the weekend…

Ready for another Too Easy recipe…I hope so

So this is another one of our staples…and it ticks those boxes that I need ticked to make it into my recipe collection…that means, quite simply that it is super-duper easy, uses everyday ingredients accessible to anyone, is budget-friendly and more it makes you look like you worked pretty hard to get the meal on the table when, well really all you did was a little bit of thinking, shopping and chopping…

But…wait…it gets even better!

You can make this for dinner, do double and chuck the rest in some tubs for lunchboxes….so it’s a recipe 2 in 1!

I love that kinda multi-tasking…


This started off life in the very early days of me being a mummy as simply some tuna in some pasta with some cheese…I had copied it from one of those baby food jars as Honeymoon Baby absolutely loved fishy things….he first tried it when one day I had been going out and about somewhere and for convenience had taken one of those little glass jars of baby food…please do not re-coil in horror from your screen, at my slovenly ways because, if I tell you the truth, that poor baby had to suffer at the hands of my first-time-mother-food-obsessiveness and didn’t have a piece of chocolate, grain of salt or sugar anywhere near him…he was lucky to get a jar of baby food not made by my fair hands…



I gave him that jar (which I might add was organic) and he loved it and reading the ingredients, which were like only 5 or so I thought I’d give it a go myself…

I did and he loved it and so did all the other BC Kiddos when they came along and now when I say we have ‘tuna & pasta’ for dinner you might well think I had announced we are going to the Ritz.




But, there was a problem with this little baby food dish…Mr BC, isn’t a huge fan of pasta, he likes some meat in his meals to be very honest…

and though I didn’t add more meat, I played around a bit to make this more tasty, with more stuff going on in the bowl…to make him think this was oh-so-much more than just throwing some tinned tuna in some pasta which really it isn’t but we don’t have to tell him that, do we?

I found a recipe for something similar with beans, and so I tried that…but I preferred the hint of sweetness from peas…and just because I wanted to make this more ‘store-cupboard’ and because I always always have a bag of frozen peas in my freezer…I mean who doesn’t?





Beach Cottage 2 in 1 Tuna Pea & Lemony Pasta

350g pasta

1 lemon chopped  + zest

3 cloves garlic

1tbsp olive oil

1tbsp French capers

garden herbs (basil, parsley good here)

1 large 425g can tuna

1 large/2 small onions diced

2 cups frozen peas

2 cups parmesan cheese grated

put pasta on to cook following packet instructions

1.  add oil to pan and garlic & onion to soften…about 5/6 mins

2. add the lemon zest & lemon

3. add the capers, tuna, herbs plenty of salt & pepper

4. about 2 minutes before the end of the pasta cooking time, throw peas into cook with the pasta

5. drain the pasta/peas

6. taste the tuna/lemon…lemon should be sweeter…if not leave it on for a few mins more

7. add the pasta/peas to tuna pan, stir through & add parmesan & heat through

serve with extra parmesan, a glug of olive oil, plenty of fresh herbs, lots of freshly grated pepper



*BC Notes
make double & seal in containers for lunchboxes
add a cup or two of sour cream for a more saucy feel
cut the lemon into 1cm small squares
prep the onion, garlic, capers, lemon, grate cheese the night before & cover in fridge
make earlier in the day & serve cold in the summer
adjust the lemon to your taste…this is fairly lemony…we like that :-)
if you are really rushed, omit the whole garlic, onion bit & once your pasta has cooked, stir in tuna, garlic oil, zest the lemon over the pot & some of it’s juice to taste, a handful of herbs and throw in the cheese..
serves 4 adults or my family of 5


I normally make this meal on the only week night where we don’t have sport…but it’s more than easy enough to throw together when you come in the door too…

Let me know if you try it, I am so happy with all the feedback I have had on BC recipes…lots of you have emailed me about Forty Garlic Chicken aromas wafting around your cottages and it seems that the Chorizo stew that has been gracing our table forever is a hit with you guys too…thanks so much, I am really enjoying doing recipes on this blog, I hope you are too…best part is the taking of the photos…

oh and while we are talking lemons I have the infamous Limoncello recipe coming up soon…

you can find more BC Too Easy Recipes here…

See ya lovelies…I am going out to the top of the garden on the sun lounger to soak up some Winter Vitamin D


p.s. thanks for all your comments on the last post…very kind…I am loving taking photos at the mo’



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31 Responses to “Beach Cottage Two in One Recipe ~ Tuna Pea & Lemony Pasta”

  1. Jem says:

    I’m not a fishy type but my other half loves anything remotely seafoody so this sounds like a great one to whip up and send with him for lunch a few days on the trot. I must say though – the photos make it look utterly delicious (A BC cookbook in the offing!?) so I may be tempted to take a bite myself!

    Jem xXx

  2. Suzanne says:

    Yum Sarah, defs giving this one a try!!

  3. Melinda says:

    Sarah, I went to the farmers market on the weekend and have a bowl FULL of lemons ready and waiting. ( Also grabbed some purple carrots thanks to you and some kale to make Gwenyth Paltrows Kale Crisps – healthy yes please ! )
    Great pasta, we have a version of it here too – BUT the limoncello … Im ready to get going on that !!… Now did you do a post on preserved lemons? Im searching but cant see it..

    Anyway Im loving the lemon, especially on a bright blue sunny day by the sea – enjoy the lounger xx

  4. Simple Daisy says:

    That looks amazing!!! Your photography is amazing as well!!!!

  5. Don’t feel bad about the food you gave your children. I raised my little one on a box of Kraft Macroni and Cheese with a can of tuna and a small can of baby sweet peas thrown in.

  6. Alice says:

    lol, I just made something very similar for lunch and tonight’s dinner!!!! Yummy, only I don’t add zest I like to squeeze half to a whole a lime (growing in our backyard) as soon as I take it off the flame. Yummy!!! I had to laugh at the whole recoiling from the screen when you mention jar food. I was so tired with my first that all I fed her was jar food (like you mainly the organic ones) until she got the hang of whole food textures. Then I moved her onto our food. With my number two I thought I would do the whole making my own baby food. I tried for the last 4 months but he didn’t seem to handle it (he kept choking and throwing it up no matter how much I pureed)so like my first I placed him on jar food – he is coping so much better!!! Once he gets the hang of texture in food he will be eating what we are eating. Do I feel bad about it? Hell no and I’m not going to apologise for it either, it’s specifically made for babies at different stages of eating! So please don’t feel bad about that!
    Hope you are enjoying these glorious winter days!!!(I can’t believe I just said that but I can’t lie this winter has been exceptionally mild – no chill blains yet!Knock on wood)

  7. Bridget says:

    Sarah–what is the amount of peas that you add to the water? Recipe sounds easy & delicious.

  8. Rachael says:

    i am going to have to try this recipe! my husband finally got a job but works insane hours at the bank leaving me to cook for 1. i usually stick to really simple and healthy dinners that don’t require cooking like salads and salmon or grazing on fresh veggies, cheeses, fruits and healthy breads.

    but this recipe would be a nice change of pace, and i can’t get enough garlic or lemon!!! it’d also keep nicely in the fridge for the Bird to eat when if and he gets off work that night… of course, we’d not use cheese since he doesn’t eat it, or butter, or white condiments like mayo, white sauce, ranch dressing or sour cream! *weirdo*

    thank you so much sarah!

  9. DJ says:

    What great recipes you have and they are all just up my alley. Just have to say we tried the Chicken Tortilla Soup tonight and it was scrummy. When my 6 year old came to the table and saw it he announced ‘That looks cool!’, and it was! I did one and a half times the recipe so it looks like we have enough for the four of us for tomorrow night too as it is so filling. (Which is great). Delicious.

  10. moooorning miss.sarah- from ol’ blighty- where today it is forcast to top 30!!!

    wowzers- my little aussie kiddos were dancing to school!!!

    had to pull out the sunscreen & hats- very happily!!

    thanks for another winning recipe- yep the photos make us all want to cook it more!
    nothing like photographing garlic is there!
    we are having this tonight now- and i’m calling it the BC summer meal in ol’blighty- my kids will love you…& me!

    enjoy your bit of sun on the lounger!

    melissa x

  11. Sandra says:

    MMMMM, this looks and sounds yummy. I’ve always loved Tuna Casseroles and anything with lemon. I will have to post my Tuna Casserole sometime, but I will try yours too!

    Love the pictures of you in the post below. You look like a movie star LOL, I mean you still remind me of Meg heee heeee

    Have a lovely day Meg ! lol

    Your photography is gorgeous !

  12. sarah says:

    Haha well thank you Sandra ! X

  13. This is perfect! I had nothing planned for tonight and nothing out of the freezer.

  14. Scribbler says:

    First, I am so impressed with your dedication to homemade baby food! (I was a total disaster in that regard.) I have saved this recipe — yours looks a bit more flavorful and refined than some I have done, so we will be trying this out later in the week. It looks mighty tasty!

  15. I am going to make this for sure this week it looks yummy, easy and quick to do. I haven’t made the 40 chicken yet but it’s on my list this week will let you know how all this goes. Thanks for the recipes I always enjoy the photos so pretty.

  16. Sally says:

    Love that you’re posting recipes Sarah! Thanks for sharing such easy breezy recipes that are fun to make after a
    long day at work! LOVE IT my friend!
    Hope you have a great week.
    Is it Saturday yet??? :)


  17. Robyn says:

    I’m not a big fan of tuna, but my kids are so this is going to go down really well! I’ve actually come into a rut wrt to my everyday meals so have been using your ideas to put on the table! So far so good, so keep em coming!

  18. Tammi says:

    I am definitely giving this a go!! We have had your forty garlic chicken twice now and boy IT IS GOOD!!!

  19. Helen says:

    This pasta looks so yummy… and I have a serious basket of lemons to get through so chopping it up and cooking it in this recipe sounds perfect to me!

  20. Susan says:

    You had me at hello but lost me at “tuna”……. Haha

    I shall substitute with chicken ;)

    It looks amazing…… Your photos are just gorgeous.
    Having the chorizo tomorrow night (again) and the forty garlic chicken over the weekend.

    I wish I could post you some cakes as baking is my THING baby….. Last night I made a truly divine orange & almond flan…… (and muffins….. Sigh, I shall never be slim) xx

  21. OK this is a perfect summer, patio dish!!!

    Thanks, I’m making it tonight!!

  22. I can’t pull up your new Good Life Wednesday post.

  23. Anyone else having trouble linking to Good Life Wednesday? I am dying to see everything everyone is working on.

  24. Jess says:

    I’m a long time lurker commenting with a giant THANKS! Thanks for your recipes and perspectives on life. Love your taste in all things! …even if I can’t quite relate (yet) with wanting toddlers running around again (maybe that’s ’cause I’ve got two keeping me busier than I ever thought possible!). :)

  25. cath says:

    tried it for lunch with rice instead and a rest of smoked salmon, it is soooooo yum!

  26. Robyn says:

    Further to my comment on 28 June @ 4:15pm, I’ve been waiting patiently for your Limoncello recipe so I could use up my side-of-the-road lemons, but alas they have started to go soft. So my Junior Masterchef made this instead last night and it went down an absolute treat! On top of the tuna amount recommended, Miss M also added in a sandwich size tin of sun-dried tomato and basil tuna. Yum!

  27. cath says:

    Done it again for lunch, yummmm