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Orecchiette with Snap Peas and Tuna

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Orecchiette with Snap Peas and Tuna

by Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN

Recipe from Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family

We eat a lot of whole-wheat pasta at my house. I mean a lot. To break up the tan monotony of so much of it, I make a point of adding something colorful to every pasta meal. I love orecchiette because they’re so darn cute (the name in Italian means “little ears”) and also because they tend to grab and hold sauce very nicely.

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Servings: Makes 6 servings


1 can (5 oz) Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained

1 pound whole-wheat orecchiette pasta

1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved diagonally

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup capers, rinsed and drained

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orecchiette pasta according to the package directions. Steam the snap peas for 2 minutes, just until the color brightens. Transfer the peas to a bowl. (If you have a steamer basket that’s larger than the diameter of your pasta-cooking pot, you can set it directly on top and utilize the steam rising off the boiling water below to save energy and pan-washing time. This also works well with a 3-in-1 style pot.)

While the pasta is cooking, combine the walnuts, capers, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, and cheese in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. In a large bowl, toss the hot pasta with the walnut mixture, adding a little of the cooking water if more moisture is needed. Break up the tuna and add it to the bowl; toss again. Finally, add the snap peas and parsley and toss one last time before serving. If you like, drizzle a bit more oil over the pasta before you plate it. Serve warm or at room temperature.