Penne with tuna and tomato sauce

Frugal family dinner: Penne with tomato sauce and tuna.
Frugal family dinner: Penne with tomato sauce and tuna. Photo: Richard Briggs

Money's tight, but that doesn't mean that your belly needs to be empty. This is a cheap and easy meal for everyone to enjoy.


2 tablespoons olive oil

Onion, chopped or alternatively 4 spring onions

1 garlic clove

6 mushrooms, thickly sliced

185g tinned tuna, drained

400g tinned roma tomatoes, chopped

1-2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

300g penne


Bring a large pot of generously salted water to the boil.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan and gently cook the onions until soft and lightly coloured, add the garlic and mushrooms and cook, stirring for a further 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and add the drained tuna, tomatoes and a little splash of water.

Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Boil the pasta until al dente, drain and toss through the pasta sauce.

To serve: Divide among individual bowls and finish with grated parmesan and a glass of chianti.