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Simple Recipe #19: Broccoli And Tuna Pasta Salad

In my simple recipe series, I included pasta salad in a short post with two other salads.  However, this dish is so easy and perfect for workday lunches that I thought it deserved its own post.  I even made it healthier by using whole wheat pasta this time.  The portions are quite large because I wanted to make enough for two lunches.  Enjoy!


Whole wheat pasta (barilla, 1 1/2 cup)

Broccoli (3 – 4 florets)

Tuna (1 canned, packed in olive oil)

Red onion (less than 1/2)


Black pepper

Extra virgin Olive oil

Cayenne pepper

Garlic powder


1 ) Steam the broccoli.  (It’s done when you can pierce it with a fork with a little effort but not too easily  — don’t let it get too mushy!)

2 ) Cut the broccoli into smaller pieces and mix into a large bowl with tuna and chopped red onions. Drizzle more olive oil. Add salt and black pepper. Add a dash of cayenne and garlic powder. Mix all ingredients well.

3 ) Cook whole wheat pasta according to direction.  Drain and rinse in colander.  Note: Wheat pasta is very hardy so be sure to taste before draining. I like to cook it a little longer than package instructions.

4 ) Mix the pasta into the large bowl.  Add more olive oil if necessary, salt, pepper, cayenne and garlic powder to taste.  The cayenne is just to add some spice to the recipe and purely optional.