Have you ever had one of those nights where you open up your pantry and wonder what in the world you are going to make for dinner? I had one of those nights last night. I wanted it to be simple and quick with minimal prep time and to use what I had sitting on my shelves. If you are at all like me your shelves are full of really random items that you had planned on using in a recipe but never got around to it. Since I don’t shy away from a challenge I went in search of combinations that wouldn’t have us running for the trash can. So after digging around a bit I found a can of cannelloni beans, tuna and bow tie pasta. I tossed these things together with a few other ingredients and I got a pretty tasty meal.
Here’s what you need:
1 box of bow tie pasta
1 can of cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans of tuna (I used the kind packed in water but the ones packed in olive oil or the flavored kind would add a lot more zip), drained
2-3 cloves of minced garlic (depends on how much you like garlic)
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
dried basil (I didn’t measure it I just eyeball it and I would say 2 tsp)
salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil
Here’s what you do:
Boil your pasta according to package directions. While you pasta is cooking, heat a skillet on medium heat. Add 2 tbs of olive oil. Then add your garlic. Once the garlic starts to brown add your tuna and beans. Cook for a minute or two until heated through, season with salt and pepper. Once your pasta has cooked, drain but reserve a little of the cooking liquid. Put the pasta back into the pot you cooked it in and add the tuna mixture. Add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil to the mixture and toss. Add a little of the cooking liquid if the pasta seems dry. Season with salt, pepper and basil*. Toss with the parm and drizzle with olive oil before serving.
*I think that using fresh basil would be better than dried and add more flavor. I only had dried on hand so that is what I used.