Pasta Shells, Italian Tuna, and Sweet Pea Salad

Pasta Shells, Italian Tuna, and Sweet Pea Salad
Staff Writer
Missy Chase Lapine
Italian Pasta Salad

This quick and easy Italian pasta salad features simple ingredients and delicious flavors from rich Italian tuna and my heart-healthy White Bean Purée. 

4
Servings
553
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

White Bean Purée

  • One  15-ounce can white beans
  • 1-2  Tablespoon  water

For the pasta salad

  • 1  Tablespoon  freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2  Tablespoons  low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3  Cup  White Bean Purée
  • 1/2  Cup  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 10-12  Ounces  canned Italian tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 2  Cups  frozen baby peas, thawed
  • 3  Cups  small pasta shells, cooked
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

White Bean Purée

Rinse and drain the beans and place them in a food processor. Add the water and pulse on high until you have a smooth purée. If necessary, use another tablespoon of water to smooth out the purée, but the less water, the better. 

For the pasta salad

In a large serving bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mayonnaise, and White Bean Purée. Add parsley, tuna, peas, and pasta shells and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve at room temperature. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
16g
18%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
29mg
10%
Carbohydrate, by difference
78g
60%
Protein
40g
87%
Vitamin A, RAE
110µg
16%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
58mg
77%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
25µg
28%
Calcium, Ca
186mg
19%
Choline, total
33mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
22g
88%
Fluoride, F
22µg
1%
Folate, total
283µg
71%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
152mg
48%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
11mg
79%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
563mg
80%
Selenium, Se
47µg
85%
Sodium, Na
829mg
55%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
245g
9%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Pasta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients.Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Pasta Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.