Jianne’s Easy-Peasy Fusilli


Now that school is out, I don’t have any excuse not to allow the kids to watch TV or use gadgets. I have to be creative in getting them off these electronic thingies.

For lunch the other day, I commissioned Jianne to help me prepare a simple pasta dish we call, Tuna Fusilli.  This dish is so simple that even a 7-year-old can easily whip it up… well, Jianne still needed help with the chopping. For added oomph, a spicy tuna variant can be substituted for the regular corned tuna.

The recipe calls for these:

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  • 500 grams Baronia Fusilli pasta (cooked according to package direction)
  • olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 150 gram cans San Marino Corned Tuna (option to use a spicy variant)
  • 2 packs Hunt’s Tomato Basil and Cheese Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • basil sliced thinly
  • salt and pepper

How to do it:

Saute garlic, onion and tuna.

the little chef serious at work


Saute garlic, onion and tuna in olive oil.


Add spaghetti sauce and water. Let it boil then add mushrooms and olive. (Unfortunately, I forgot to put the olives here)

Simmer and add basil.

Simmer for five minutes. Add salt, pepper and basil.

Tada! Proud of her work!

Tada! Proud of her work!

Top with parmesan cheese

Pour on top of fusilli and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Did you know that you could incorporate school while doing this dish? Math for measurements and shapes. Using different senses especially the smell of garlic and onion for Science. Art for the vibrant colors of basil, spaghetti sauce, black olives and white pasta noodles.

So, isn’t this an easy-peasy fusilli dish? Try it with your kids and enjoy the process. Let me know how your kitchen adventure turned out 🙂