1. Tuscan Salmon Pasta with Beans

Tuscan Salmon Pasta with Beans

Beans are perhaps the most underused, overlooked food in the American diet. In addition to fiber, protein, minerals, and B vitamins, beans are rich in resistant starch, which blunts the blood sugar impact of any meal that includes these tasty legumes. This desirable effect can last for eight to 24 hours. By rinsing pasta quickly in cold water, you convert some of its starch into the resistant kind, while reducing greatly the tendency of pasta to become gummy and sticky. This starch conversion also occurs when you refrigerate cooked pasta immediately. Unbeknownst to many, colorful beans are also rich in the beneficial polyphenol antioxidants abundant in colorful fruits and vegetables. To add color and antioxidant power to this regional Tuscan dish at the price of Italian authenticity you could substitute or add red, black, or pinto beans. Note: This easy dish becomes more economical for a big family or gathering if you use our luscious Wild Red™ canned Sockeye Salmon. Adapted from a recipe by Dianne Alvine of Toms River, New Jersey (

Tuscan Salmon Pasta with Beans

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 Vital Choice wild salmon fillets cut into 1 inch cubes (6 ounces each)
  • 4 ounces uncooked linguine or thin spaghetti
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 5 tablespoons organic Vital Choice extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 3/4 cup white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 small plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach or arugula (optional)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried organic oregano
  • Sea salt and organic pepper to taste


  1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, sauté the salmon, rosemary and 2 tablespoons oil in a small skillet for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Add the beans, tomatoes, spinach, garlic, salt, and pepper; heat through.
  2. Drain linguine and transfer to a large bowl. Add salmon mixture; toss gently. Drizzle with remaining oil and serve.
Serves: Serves 2