I just happened to put together a few of my favorite things -- olives, garbanzo beans and tuna -- and it turned out to be a real hit. Hope you enjoy!

MMJM
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic in oil until golden. Stir in onion and water and cook until onion is soft. Stir in the tuna with its oil, olives, beans, garlic salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer while pasta is cooking.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Toss pasta with tuna mixture, top with Romano and serve.

Nutrition Facts

580.3 calories; protein 25.3g 51% DV; carbohydrates 69.6g 23% DV; fat 23.4g 36% DV; cholesterol 30.2mg 10% DV; sodium 812.1mg 33% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2003
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/04/2006
My DH had very high hopes for this recipe and he thought it smelled incredible while it was cooking (huge onion-lover) but it bombed. I made the recipe as written except that we do not have tuna in olive oil available in my demographic so had to settle for tuna "in oil" which was soybean oil and I used whole wheat penne. With the olive oil the garlic and onions were sauted in combined with the oil the tuna was packed in this was incredibly oily--so much so that I think I gained 10 lbs just by looking at it (I wouldn't eat it). The DH and the kiddos thought it was extremely bland and unflavored. I may try this again someday--if I do my overhaul will include using tuna packed in water not oil and I will use a packet of alfredo sauce mix to give it a cohesive flavor base. This is a very creative recipe--I like the combination of the tuna garbanzos and olives--just needs some work IMHO.:) Read More
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30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
10/04/2006
My DH had very high hopes for this recipe and he thought it smelled incredible while it was cooking (huge onion-lover) but it bombed. I made the recipe as written except that we do not have tuna in olive oil available in my demographic so had to settle for tuna "in oil" which was soybean oil and I used whole wheat penne. With the olive oil the garlic and onions were sauted in combined with the oil the tuna was packed in this was incredibly oily--so much so that I think I gained 10 lbs just by looking at it (I wouldn't eat it). The DH and the kiddos thought it was extremely bland and unflavored. I may try this again someday--if I do my overhaul will include using tuna packed in water not oil and I will use a packet of alfredo sauce mix to give it a cohesive flavor base. This is a very creative recipe--I like the combination of the tuna garbanzos and olives--just needs some work IMHO.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2003
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2005
Thank you! I will make this again. I added more garlic and used navy beans whole wheat spaghetti and parmesan instead of the chick peas penne and romano. It is very healthy and calls for ingredients that are on hand. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2004
Great recipe! Fast and tasty. I used chicken stock instead of water because it adds extra flavor. Also I used Great Northern beans instead of garbanzo. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/12/2010
I was looking for something to do with some cans of tuna and a can of garbanzos I had laying around. This came out decently tasty and I would probably make again if I had stuff on hand to use up. I tweaked this recipe slightly. I used about 8 cloves of garlic (I like it a lot). I also used tuna in water instead of olive oil after reading some reviews that said this was overly oily. I didn't add water so it's a little on the dry side but not too much. I am not sure why people said this recipe is tasteless I added plenty of salt and pepper and it tastes fine to me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2006
Our family enjoyed this - my husband and myself in particular. The kids were less enhusiastic. I read the previous reviews and decided to add a can of cream soup especially since I did not have any tuna in olive oil. I plan to fix this again as written. The flavor combo of tuna olive and chickpeas is a good one. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2010
Great light dish especially for those who like olives. I decreased the olive oil used minced garlic and will decrease the water next time. I agree that it could use something more; perhaps optional items might be recommended... Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/15/2011
My kids are good eaters and it was a tough night eating when I made this (and they love olives and pasta so I thought they would at least eat some of it) Easy to make with things on hand (thats the reason I give it any stars) but we won't eat this again.... sorry! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/23/2011
This was Ok needed something but not sure what Read More
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