Simple pasta recipe perfect for summer events

Barrel have teamed up with Welsh/Italian TV celebrity chef and author Michela Chiappa to create a perfect summer recipe for all warm weather occasions – from barbecues to picnics. The recipe combines lemon and arugula and can be prepared in advance.

Chef Michela Chiappa said, “I love this recipe because not only does it make delicious cold pasta for picnics, you don’t have to pre-cook any of the ingredients! Apart from the pasta of course.

“My best tip for making pasta salads is to pre-cook the pasta a day or two ahead, cool it, and cover it with olive oil and put it in a zip-lock bag at the refrigerator, ready for your picnic.The same day, toss the remaining ingredients over the pasta.

Ingredients (for 2 people):

200g pasta

1 can of tuna (in olive oil ideally – I love using Rio Mare)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

arugula 50g

50 g small cherry tomatoes, halved

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

Salt flakes (I like to use Maldon salt flakes)


Method :

Cook your pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water.

When al dente, drain the pasta then run it under cold water to stop the pasta cooking. You can also enjoy this recipe hot – if so, drain the pasta and move on to the next step.

Coat your pasta with extra virgin olive oil to prevent it from sticking (you can zip wrap it and seal it in the fridge for a few days if you want to make it ahead).

When ready to eat, toss the tuna, tomatoes and fresh arugula leaves into the pasta and sprinkle a generous amount of salt flakes and ground black pepper.

Zest your lemon and squeeze at least half of the lemon juice.

“The amount of lemon used is a personal preference – I like it a lot and use more, but some people prefer to use less because they find too much lemon too potent. Adjust it to your preference and remember to taste as you go. Same with the salt and pepper seasoning. I love adding a little extra salt as I like the contrast between salt and lemon, but again, this needs to be adjusted depending on the personal preferences.