This post is sponsored by Safe Catch. All opinions are my own.
It is shame that kids don't eat much tuna anymore. Canned tuna is really a superfood: high in protein, minerals, and vitamins like A and B-12.
There is good news! The company Safe Catch tests their tuna for mercury and has purity standards for mercury that are lower than Consumer Report's for pregnant women and children.
Besides the nutritional value of tuna I love the convenience of canned tuna. I always keep it in my pantry. This Tuna White Bean Pasta was made primarily from pantry staples. It was also perfect for a hot summer day because the only thing that had to be cooked was the pasta and the spinach!
Tuna White Bean Pasta Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: entree tuna white beans pasta spinach Mediterranean Italian summer
Ingredients (4 to 6 servings)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- 1 small minced red onion
- 1/4 cup of fresh Italian parsley chopped
- 2 15 ounce cans drained of white beans such as Great Northern White Beans or Cannellini Beans
- 2 5 ounce cans drained of tuna fish
- 1 pound of pasta such as Penne Rigate or Fusilli
- 5 ounces of baby spinach
1) Bring a sauce pot of water 1/4 way full with 2 tablespoons of salt in it to boil for the pasta.
2) Whisk together dressing: oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and red onion together. Set aside.
3) When pasta is a minute from being done add the spinach to the water. Drain the water and leave the spinach with the pasta.
4) Add the beans and tuna to the pasta and spinach. Pour the dressing over everything. Mix well. Taste it. It may need a little more salt, pepper and oil.
5) Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving or refrigerated and serve later as a cold salad.
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Weekly Menu Plan:
Sunday: Baja Fish Tacos with Cole Slaw
Meatless Monday: Pasta Puttanesa with Green Salad
Tuesday: Chicken Francese with Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Zucchini
Wednesday: Baked Bean Jambalaya with Brown Rice
Thursday: Middle Eastern Chickpea Burger with Pita Bread, Tzatzik and Tomato Salad
Saturday: Dinner out probably sushi