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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the pasta and boil until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well.

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Toast bread crumbs in oil, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; stir in lemon zest. Remove seasoned bread crumbs from skillet and drain on paper towels.

  • Place the skillet back over medium heat. Add the beans, and mash. Stir in the tuna, tomato sauce, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Toss sauce with prepared pasta; place in prepared baking dish. Top with the toasted bread crumbs and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

345 calories; protein 18.7g 38% DV; carbohydrates 56.1g 18% DV; fat 5.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 11.3mg 4% DV; sodium 1471.6mg 59% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2009
This was really dry and as the recipe did not specify what kind of beans (I used pinto) I ended up with a funky tangy taste... It wasn't an awful recipe but it wasn't great either... sorry! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2009
This was really dry and as the recipe did not specify what kind of beans (I used pinto) I ended up with a funky tangy taste... It wasn't an awful recipe but it wasn't great either... sorry! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/16/2012
I like the concept but changed it up quite a bit just based on what I had and the reviews - my husband and I loved it. I used about 8 oz or so of shells (I cooked at 13.5 oz box but didn't need it all; probably used a little more than half just enough to be covered by the sauce). In a skillet I combined 2 cups of homemade pasta sauce (garlic peppers onions tomatoes) with an extra can of diced tomatoes 1/4 cup shredded parm 1 cup edamame (peas would work too) a sprinkling of italian bread crumbs 2 tbs of lemon juice and two cans of tuna plus salt/pepper/crushed red pepper to taste. I simmered for about 10 minutes then combined with the shells and put into the baking dish. Covered with rest of parmasan and some more italian breadcrumbs; baked at 350 for 12 minutes until cheese was melted. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/04/2011
I'm sorry but I did not care for this recipe. The bread crumbs gave this dish a terrible taste. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/28/2011
Add moisture kick of flavor Read More
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