Pasta, please!

Reggae bow-tie pasta salad with tuna and sardine, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and finished with a squeeze of lime

This dish came about out of spontaneity and pure hunger. I called up a friend to find out what was for dinner, and this was the end result. I must say that I wasn’t initially fond of the idea of sardine, but to our delight that was no longer a problem, thanks to the addition of lime juice (and possibly the loads of herbs) at the end.

A colourful, tasty, quick-and-easy, dish with simple ingredients found in your everyday pantry. Eat up!

Reggae bow-tie pasta salad with tuna and sardine


1 ½ cups whole wheat bow-tie pasta
1 tin tuna. drained
1 tin sardine, drained
½ cup diced green bell pepper
½ cup finely cubed carrot, lightly blanched to tenderize
½ cup diced onion
1 can (about 15 ounces) sweet corn, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallion
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup sliced cucumber
¼ teaspoon each dried basil, parsley, & rosemary
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, shelled, toasted


Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions; drain & add 1 tbsp. olive & mix to coat.

Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, sauté onion, bell pepper, garlic, carrot, corn for 1 ½ minutes, then add drained tuna and sardine and cook an additional minute. Add drained pasta and stir to combine. Add dried herbs, remaining olive oil and S&P to taste. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds and lime juice. Serve warm or chilled.

Serves 4 (if you’re not too greedy).


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