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Seafood Recipes

Tuna Penne Nicoise

Tags: featured 20, 600 calories or less, 30 minutes or less, stove, main course, tuna

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4 servings


This tasty dish takes everything that’s appealing about the traditional French Nicoise salad and transforms it into an easy weeknight supper. Colorful, flavorful and healthful, this pasta is packed with protein, vegetables and fresh basil, all with a family-friendly price tag.  


8 oz. penne pasta

8 oz. green beans, trimmed and snapped or cut in half

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 heaping cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 (5-oz.) cans tuna, drained 

½ cup kalamata olives, chopped

½ cup fresh basil, chopped 

Salt and pepper, to taste

Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook for 8 minutes. Add green beans to pot and cook until penne is done, about 2 more minutes. Scoop up ½ cup of pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and beans in a colander. 

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Add garlic and sauté for about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tuna (flaking it into pieces with a fork), olives, basil and pasta cooking water; stir well. Add cooked pasta and beans, and flavor with salt and pepper as desired; stir well. 

3. Remove from heat and serve in bowls with grated Parmesan cheese on top.  Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition per serving: 402 calories, 11 g total fat (2 g saturated, 6.5 g monounsaturated, 2 g polyunsaturated), 21 mg cholesterol, 169 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 32 g protein

Nutritional Information per Serving

Calories: 402

Total Fat: 11

Protein: 32g