Tuna Pasta with Olives

    2 hours

    This is a great mix of ingredients; olives, chickpeas and tuna and it turned out to be a real hit with the family too.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic, sliced
    • 1 white onion, diced
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 2 (185g) tins tuna in olive oil
    • 185g pitted kalamata olives, drained and diced
    • 1 (400g) tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic bread seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 500g penne pasta
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:1hour  ›  Ready in:2hours 

    1. In a large saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic in oil until golden. Stir in onion and water then cook until onion is soft.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. Stir in the tuna with its oil, olives, beans, garlic bread seasoning and pepper.
    4. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low then simmer while pasta is cooking.
    5. Toss pasta with tuna mixture, top with cheese and serve.

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    My DH had very high hopes for this recipe, and he thought it smelled incredible while it was cooking (huge onion-lover), but it bombed. I made the recipe as written, except that we do not have tuna in olive oil available in my demographic, so had to settle for tuna "in oil", which was soybean oil, and I used whole wheat penne. With the olive oil the garlic and onions were sauted in, combined with the oil the tuna was packed in, this was incredibly oily--so much so that I think I gained 10 lbs just by looking at it (I wouldn't eat it). The DH and the kiddos thought it was extremely bland and unflavored. I may try this again someday--if I do, my overhaul will include using tuna packed in water, not oil, and I will use a packet of alfredo sauce mix to give it a cohesive flavor base. This is a very creative recipe--I like the combination of the tuna, garbanzos, and olives--just needs some work, IMHO.  -  03 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Yum!  -  22 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Thank you! I will make this again. I added more garlic and used navy beans, whole wheat spaghetti and parmesan instead of the chick peas, penne and romano. It is very healthy, and calls for ingredients that are on hand.  -  06 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)