Children will enjoy helping to prepare this easy yet nourishing pasta dish.
This is a super simple dish that is ideal for children, and can be served hot or cold. You can sneak vegetables into it andcucumber works well in summer. If you prefer, you canreplace the tuna with chicken.
250g penne pasta
Handful of basil leaves
200g cherry tomatoes
Pinch of salt
200g tuna flakes
Parmesan, to serve
Add the pasta to a pan of salted boiling water and cook to al dente, as per packet instructions.
Meanwhile, get your helper to tear the basil leaves and, with supervision, halve the cherry tomatoes. Mix the tomatoes and basil with a little salt, and a dash of olive oil. Combine with the tuna flakes, mix well, check seasoning and leave to one side.
Drain the cooked pasta, mix with the tomato and serve with grated parmesan.
• Angela Hartnett is chef patron at Murano restaurant and consults at the Whitechapel Gallery and Dining Room, London. Twitter.com/angelahartnett
Child's play: Angela Hartnett's penne with tuna and cherry tomatoes. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian