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Tart's Pasta

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

By Lea Harris

What can I say? In the words of Bob Dylan, times they are a-changin'; never have song lyrics been so prophetic! We stand at our doors looking out to a world that has been turned upside down, wondering what the new normal will be. Our habits have changed in so many different ways. Who would have thought that shopping would fill us with fear; looking for alternative ways to get our groceries, our dining out experiences, no more nipping out for a quick flat white and a slice of something sweet (9 weeks in, and I'd kill for a FW and cake I haven't baked). I'm not the only one who has had to sort out independent suppliers that deliver to my door. I'm grateful to the likes of Yester Farm who provide lactic goodies on a Tuesday, Gilmour butchers who drop off meat the same day

if ordered by 10am, and, although not Scottish, The Tomato Stall on the Isle of Wight who sent me some amazing toms! There are so many producers and suppliers who are doing just that, providing us with food so they can survive and helping us to survive too. For that, I'm eternally thankful and humbled. Thank you (insert two hearts)

Tarts' Pasta (it is up to you to decide how much of everything you want to add) - Serves 2.

Splash of oil

1 chopped onion

Squished garlic

Chilli flakes, optional


Anchovies, chopped


Fresh tomatoes, chopped

150g of your favourite Pasta, cooked as per instructions on the packet

Chopped parsley


  • Heat oil in a pan over a gentle heat, add onion and a pinch of salt. Sauté until soft but not coloured.

  • Add garlic, and chilli if using; fry for a minute longer.

  • Throw in capers, anchovies, olives, and tomatoes, cook for about 10 mins stirring to stop sauce sticking to the pan (add a splash of water if it does).

  • Check seasoning and chuck in your cooked pasta, toss with parsley and serve with or without grated parmesan!

What else is in my basket?

Faith in we will get through this, Hope for a better future. Charity – helping others that we know and don't know. Kindness to and from others. Acceptance of who we are. Gratitude for the courage of those who work to keep us safe. Support in a difficult time. Love– goes without saying.

  • Lea writes and is @BakersBunny on Insta and Twitter

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