Ways to Make Hearty Meals at Home with Pantry Staples
(Family Features) Stocking up on pantry essentials is a productive practice, especially as people across the country spend more time at home. However, having all those ingredients on-hand doesn’t do as much good if you aren’t sure how to use them or feel as if you’re constantly whipping up the same dishes.
For example, canned protein is a popular pantry item as it cuts down on prep time and holds a long shelf life while adding important nutrients to family meals. Canned seafood, in particular, is a versatile choice that can be used in a variety of easy recipes or simply eaten on its own.
Mediterranean Tuna Pasta
Total time: 20 minutes
1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
1 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives
1 can (5 ounces) tuna in water, drained
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions.
In large skillet, bring chickpeas, tomatoes, zucchini, olives and tuna to boil; stir constantly.
Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.
Spoon mixture over cooked pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese.
Substitution: Use any canned seafood such as salmon in place of canned tuna.