Monday, October 31, 2011

Pasta Tuna

I grew up on pasta tuna. And as much as I love the mayonaisse laced original, my hips prevent me from grabbing the jar of Hellmans. Instead, I created a healthier and surprisingly, MUCH MORE DELICIOUS alternative!

I needed a hearty lunch for my post-gym workout and thought why not make some tuna pasta. I had some steamed french beans from the other day, a can of cannellini beans for extra protein, tuna in oil, garlic, baby tomatoes and of course, elbow pasta!

One thing led to another and healthier pasta tuna was born... only problem is- I didn't end up going to the was way too delicious! I had a bit to taste which turned into two bowls...oops.
I guess it's my pre gym lunch;)

12 baby tomatoes
1 can cannellini beans
1 can good quality tuna and oil (don't substitute with tuna in water, it won't taste as good)
1 cup blanched green beans cut into fourths
4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1/2 shallot thinly sliced
1 cup pasta elbows
1 cup parmesan cheese
3 sprigs thyme
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt, pepper to taste

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. In the meantime, saute the garlic and shallot in olive oil on med-low heat. Once they soften add the thyme, cannellini beans and tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes until they collapse and soften completely. Add a ladle of pasta water and green beans. Add the green beans, cooked pasta and parm- toss till melted and serve.

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