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Tuna Meatballs over Marinara Penne

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Tuna Meatballs over Marinara Penne

You won’t believe how many people suddenly appear in your kitchen when you make this hearty, classic dish — everyone wants a taste! Pine nuts, parsley, and flecks of melted Parmesan speckle tender tuna in these delectable “meat”ԝ balls that pair perfectly with your favorite marinara.

Prep Time: 35 minutes (includes rest time in refrigerator)
Servings: 3


1 can (5 oz) BUMBLE BEE® Prime Fillet® Solid White Albacore in Water, drained
1 egg
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons whole wheat breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (additional for garnish, if desired)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 oz uncooked whole wheat penne, cooked according to packaging instructions
1 1/2 cup reduced sodium marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (additional for garnish, if desired)


To make the tuna balls, combine all ingredients through black pepper, stirring well. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until firm. Once the tuna is firm, form mixture into 12, 1-inch balls, rolling each ball in the flour. Cook penne pasta according to package instructions. Place marinara and basil in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until hot. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and saute the balls until they’re golden brown on the outside, turning several times to make sure all sides get cooked, about 6 minutes. Divide pasta between two plates, topping each with half of the marinara and half of the tuna balls. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan and fresh basil, if desired.

Nutrition Information

For one serving (317g) - 1/3 the pasta with 1/2 cup marinara and 4 balls: Calories 495 (126 from fat), Fat 14g (Saturated 2.7g), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 84mg, Sodium 213mg, Total Carbohydrate 66g, Fiber 9g, Sugars 14g, Protein 25g

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