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
547
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
24g
34%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
166mg
55%
Carbohydrate, by difference
13g
10%
Protein
68g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
590µg
84%
Vitamin B-12
4µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
42mg
56%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
448µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
89mg
9%
Choline, total
183mg
43%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
22µg
1%
Folate, total
83µg
21%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
90mg
28%
Niacin
22mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
586mg
84%
Selenium, Se
92µg
100%
Sodium, Na
583mg
39%
Water
257g
10%
Zinc, Zn
9mg
100%

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.