Pasta Shells, Italian Tuna, and Sweet Pea Salad

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Pasta Shells, Italian Tuna, and Sweet Pea Salad
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
667
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. 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
22%
Sugar
5g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
12%
Cholesterol
17mg
6%
Protein
46g
93%
Carbs
88g
29%
Vitamin A
87µg
10%
Vitamin B12
2µg
29%
Vitamin B6
0.4mg
18.2%
Vitamin C
15mg
25%
Vitamin D
5µg
1%
Vitamin E
2mg
10%
Vitamin K
195µg
100%
Calcium
176mg
18%
Fiber
14g
58%
Folate (food)
188µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
188µg
47%
Iron
8mg
47%
Magnesium
163mg
41%
Monounsaturated
4g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
12mg
59%
Phosphorus
567mg
81%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
1231mg
35%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
14.7%
Sodium
867mg
36%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
24%
Zinc
4mg
27%