Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
From Weight Watchers "5 Ingredient 15 Minute" cookbook.
- 8 ounces bow tie pasta, uncooked
- 1 lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 cup English pea, frozen
- 1⁄4 cup green onion, sliced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup tomatoes, chopped and seeded
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- 2 (6 ounce) cans tuna in water, drained and coarsely flaked
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain but reserve 3 tablespoons of the cooking water.
- While pasta cooks, combine asparagus and peas in a steamer basket over boiling water; cover and steam 3-4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Drain.
- Combine steamed vegetables, onions, salt, and oil in a large bowl.
- Add pasta, pasta cooking water, tomato, and lemon juice; toss well.
- Add tuna; toss.
- Sprinkle with pepper and serve.
I made some substitutions but feel pretty confident in giving this a good rating. No white flour for me so substituted whole wheat penne. Also didn't have peas so sliced one cup of carrots and steamed them separate (microwave) in case they don't cook the same rate. Didn't have tuna and it isn't a favorite for me so I used home-canned chicken and used the broth in place of the pasta water. I really like how the flavors came together. Some would find this bland but it is perfect for me. I'm on a no-vinegar (among other things) diet and this didn't have any no-nos
There are 2 awesome parts to this dish - speed and nutrition. While I think the original is supposed to be served room-temperature, I actually mixed the vegetables, tuna (one can in water, one in oil, no extra oil added), and pasta (whole wheat rotelle) in a pan, then hours later added lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning and reheated for 3-5 minutes and served for dinner. How was it? My carnivore husband had thirds. I sprinkled some cheese on top, but loved it either way. Thanks for a great *easy* *healthy* dish!
This was made for the March event in the Photo Forum. I really enjoyed the fresh asparagus. It gave a nice crunch to the dish. I would suggest that if you don't have fresh peas to leave them out.