Tuna & Spinach Penne

Tuna & Spinach Penne

This is quick & simple to make but tastes delicious. The flavours from the cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, spinach, onion & herbs, perfectly complement the tuna.

CAL P/SERVE
439
kJ P/SERVE
1840
FAT P/SERVE
16.9g
CARBS P/SERVE
27g
PROTEIN P/SERVE
37.2g
SUGAR P/SERVE
10.5g
SODIUM P/SERVE
994g
FAT
%
2.9%
ENERGY RDI%
21.1%

Finished off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and this is a dinner or lunch dish worthy of becoming a staple dish at your place, whether you're dieting or not.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups penne pasta
  • 1 punnet (250g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp. dried herbs
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 x 425g can premium tuna (we used Serena Brand in oil) well drained
  • 250g fresh baby spinach leaves, washed
  • 3 cups passata
  • 3 tbsp. cooking cream light
  • ½ cup water (if needed)
  • 1 tbsp. oil from drained tuna
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • S & P for seasoning

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. On an oven tray line with baking paper and place the halved cherry tomatoes.  Spray with a little olive oil spray, sprinkle with mixed dried herbs and season with salt and pepper.  Cook in oven for 10 mins, take out and set aside.
  3. Cook penne pasta as per instructions.
  4. In a large non-stick fry pan heat oil and cook onions until softened.  Add garlic, cook for another minute then add the passata.  Add pepper, sugar and the rest of the dried herbs and simmer for 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Now add the spinach.  It will seem like a lot but it will shrink to nothing.  Add a lid to the frypan and simmer for 3 minutes.
  6. Now add the fresh parsley and basil, season again with some more pepper, add water if necessary.  Cook for another minute.
  7. Take off lid and add the cream, stir and then add tuna, break up with spoon and then add the cooked pasta.  Mix until well incorporated.
  8. Once mixed, add tomatoes sprinkle parmesan cheese all over and serve with a side salad.

Nutrition Table

Servings: 4 Serving size:580g
Average Serve Average 100g
Energy 1840 kJ 317 kJ
  439 Cal 76 Cal
Protein 37.2 g 6.4 g
Fat, total 16.9 g 2.9 g
- Saturated 6.3 g 1.1 g
Carbohydrate 27 g 4.7 g
- Sugars 10.5 g 1.8 g
Sodium 994 mg 171 mg

This recipe was developed by Sharrelle Haywood and the Food Photography is courtesy of Factory59. In order to have permission to use this recipe on your website or blog, you must include a website link to weightloss.com.au with the recipe to acknowledge our copyright.

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