As I’ve mentioned previously, I always seem to miss watching a complete episode of MasterChef Australia. Well, there was no way I was going to miss it today, because Adriano Zumbo was in the episode, presenting a spectacular croquembouche that took him 1½ hours to make.
It was fun seeing Zumbo instructing the contestants on how to make the choux pastry and how to mix the crème patissier, and how to relieve their sugar-burnt fingers (keep a bowl of ice water nearby). It was just like his Cooking Class that we went to last year…
However, I did almost miss the episode because I was making dinner and I was running late, late, late! It was like experiencing my own personal Pressure Test
The cause of the drama was this Tuna Meatball Pasta. Not that difficult, but I used flavoured tuna, which is quite liquid-y and does not form the required ‘meatballs’ that well. But the flavour was amazing. And do NOT omit the lemon rind – it gives a wonderful zingy, fresh taste to the dish that has to be tasted to be believed. This pasta dish is a keeper.
Tuna Meatball and Pesto Pasta
400g spaghetti or linguine
2 x 185g cans tuna, drained (I used tomato and onion flavoured + tuna in brine – yum!)
1 cup (70g) fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon chopped dill
¼ cup (40g) pine nuts
1 tblsp finely grated lemon rind
1 tblsp olive oil
¾ cup (185ml) cream
¼ cup store-bought pesto (I used Wattle Valley Rocket Dip with Cashews – nice!)
Finely grated parmesan, to serve
1. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente (10-12 mins). Drain and keep warm.
2. Place tuna, breadcrumbs, dill, pine nuts, lemon rind and egg in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until just combined. Or mix in large bowl with a wooden spoon.
3. Roll tablespoons of the tuna mixture into balls.
4. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick frypan over high heat. Add the tuna balls and cook, turning, for 2-3 minutes or until golden.
5. Add the pesto, cream and pasta to the pan and toss to combine.
Sprinkle with parmesan before serving.
Recipe adapted from Donna Hay magazine (issue 45 June/July 2009)