Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

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

Servings: 4

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.