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Pesto Pasta with Tuna

72 Reviews
93% would make this recipe again

Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 10 min
610 calories/serving
  • Very easy
  • Lactose Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Kid-friendly

Ingredients

160 g penne rigate 2 cups
100 g tuna, canned, drained and shredded
1/4 cup pesto sauce 65 mL
1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 23 mL
1/4 cup pasta cooking water, approximately 65 mL
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.

Method

  1. To save time, the sauce preparation and the pasta cooking can be done at the same time. Start cooking the pasta.
  2. Open the tuna can, then drain and discard the oil. Shred the tuna then add it to a bowl. Stir in the pesto sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, and enough of the pasta cooking water to make a sauce. Mix well, then adjust the seasoning. Generally, you don't need to add salt since tuna is already salty.
  3. Pour the drained pasta into the serving bowl and mix thoroughly with the sauce. Serve in the warmed dishes.

Remarks

Parmesan is not added since the flavour of fish sauces in general does not benefit from the addition of cheese.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (300g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

610

Fat

30 g

46 %

Saturated 4.9 g
+ Trans 0 g

24 %

Cholesterol

10 mg

Sodium

480 mg

20 %

Carbohydrate

58 g

19 %

Fibre

3 g

14 %

Sugars

1 g

Protein

27 g

Vitamin A

3 %

Vitamin C

9 %

Calcium

9 %

Iron

16 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 0 serving
Grain Products : 2 ¾ servings
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : ¾ serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Source of  :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Omega-6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, Vitamin K
Good source of  :
Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Zinc
Excellent source of  :
Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B12
Free  :
Added Sugar

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 3 ½
Fruits 0
Meat and Alternatives 2
Fats 5 ½

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Members' Reviews

72 Reviews (68 with rating only ) 93% would make this recipe again
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65535
july 08, 2014 | I would make this recipe again

Great, simple recipe. I used tuna in oil with chipotle for a bit extra flavour!

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misskitty101
january 22, 2014

This recipe is simple and quick to make with pantry shelf staples. Even though there are only a few ingredients the tuna and pesto are pungent and make a very flavourful pasta dish when combined.

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imandolin
september 26, 2012

not a fan of pesto

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GiftedDesigns
may 31, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

I didn't think it would taste that good! I used the pesto from the recipe this site offers and it was amazing! The only ingredient it doesn't need is the olive oil. There's plenty in the freshly made pesto!

Useful 2

This recipe is in the following categories

Pasta | Fish | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Kosher | Halal

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GiftedDesigns
may 31, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

I didn't think it would taste that good! I used the pesto from the recipe this site offers and it was amazing! The only ingredient it doesn't need is the olive oil. There's plenty in the freshly made pesto!

Useful 2
misskitty101
january 22, 2014

This recipe is simple and quick to make with pantry shelf staples. Even though there are only a few ingredients the tuna and pesto are pungent and make a very flavourful pasta dish when combined.

Useful 1
65535
july 08, 2014 | I would make this recipe again

Great, simple recipe. I used tuna in oil with chipotle for a bit extra flavour!

Useful 0