CREAMY TUNA PASTA
Peas are incredibly underrated. They’re cheap, simple to prepare or add to recipes, and loaded with protein and fiber. They’re a great product to keep in your freezer for whipping quick, simple meals like this Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas. Just a handful of ingredients, around 20 minutes, and you’ll be served a warm and comforting meal that’s equally great the next day as lunch!
Eight oz. pasta ($0.67)
2. Tbsp of butter ($0.26)
Two cloves of garlic, chopped ($0.16)
One cup of frozen peas ($0.38)
One cup of half-and-half* ($0.75)
1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan ($0.95)
12 oz. can of solid Albacore tuna that has been drained ($2.79)
Bring an ice-water pot to a boil to cook the pasta. When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until the pasta becomes tender. Rinse the pasta using a colander.
While the pasta cooks, make the rest of the meal; add the minced garlic and butter in a large skillet. Cook the garlic over medium-high heat for approximately 1 minute or until it becomes soft and fragrant but not burned.
Incorporate the peas that have been frozen, and add a pinch of salt as well as pepper. Cook for a few minutes longer to cook the peas or until they are cooked.
The half and the half should be added into the pan and let it simmer while stirring often to keep the skin from developing on the surface or to prevent the bottom from burning. Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 3 to 5 minutes or until it starts to decrease.
At this point, the pasta should be cooked and washed. Add the pasta rinsed in the pot and stir it to mix. Then sprinkle your Parmesan onto the noodles and mix once more. Let the heat melt the Parmesan while you go. When it is melted, turn the heating off. Test the pasta and add the salt and pepper if you like.
Then, add the rinsed tuna and fold it into the pasta. If you’re using whole tuna chunks, break them into small pieces when you stir. If you’re using chunk-lighter tuna already cut into smaller pieces, fold it gently to ensure you don’t break it too significantly. Serve warm!