I have often mentioned one of my favorite meals to friends and I eat it a lot post workout. Just the other day on twitter a friend asked me for the recipe. I thought I might get around to that someday, but I recently ate it AGAIN and though I would take pics as I cooked it and make a blog post out of it.
Before you get started read this several times. I have had some get confused and omit the Italian dressing, and even boil the tuna from the start. First of all the Italian dressing is the most important part to the flavor, second I only add the tuna at the end and let it sit in the water for about 1 minute to get it all warm.
I call it Tuna Deluxe. Its Tuna with Pasta, throw some peas of some sort in there for the fiber, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART add Italian Dressing and lots of pepper with a dash of salt. Some all the tuna and pasta meal the prison meal cause they say its what a lot of inmates eat in the “joint” to get huge. If it works for them hopefully it will work for me, and its delicious to boot! I would pay for what this meal I am about to teach you to create.
Thank me later. (or now)
Ok you will need the following:
- A pot to boil water in, mine is a 1 1/2 quart or maybe its 2.
- 2 cans of chunk light tuna in water, drained
- 2 1/2 cup of uncooked wide egg noodles
- 1/2 can of chickpeas or any peas for that matter. I like chickpeas, but purple hull peas or crowder peas work well too.
- 3/4 cup Italian Dressing
- Salt and lots of Pepper
Ok here is all our ingredients we will be using. Listen to me real quick. This may sound disgusting and even look disgusting but trust me, if you like pasta, you like tuna, you like Italian dressing…you will like this.
Ok boil your water, add the pasta, and yes I know it seems like a lot, but HEY we gotta feed those muscles! When cooking noodles you can add a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to keep it from boiling over. Cook it for about 7 minutes or until tender but not gummy. We want out pasta to have a little bit of strength to it. Its know as Al Dente.
I like to add my peas into the mix before the boil so that they are nice and warm. I just cook it all right in, no need for extra dishes to dirty up. I know this might look a little nasty, but trust me it will be great in the end. As you can see in this picture I have added half a can of purple hull peas.
I did not have any chickpeas, so the purple hull will have to do. The Tuna is open and ready to go in later. Yes it gets grosser.
Now everything has boiled up pretty good now, the pasta is just about right and now I have added all my tuna. I only add the tuna right at the end. It does not sit in there the entire time. I add it and let it sit in the water for about 1 minute to get warm, then drain it all.
I do it this way so that it will all be nice and warm and no separate dishes to wash.
After a little while I drained everything in a strainer and put it back in the pot.
Here we have peas, pasta, and tuna.
Now lets add the Italian Dressing. I usually use 3/4 to 1 full cup with this much pasta.
Doh! Lets not forget the pepper! I add about 3 tablespoons of pepper. I aint skeered! I like it just a little spicy.
I like to know I AM ALIVE ! Just stir it on in there big boy. Don’t cry.
Look at that right there. That’s some muscle food right there son!
Trust me, unless you are a hawg, you will have a little left over in the pot for a midnight snack.
Trust me it looks better in person and taste marvelous. Now go cook some!