Dairy Farmers of Canada

Spring Farfalle Niçoise Pasta

Our dietitians' favourite

This recipe is taken from the 2018 Milk Calendar. This easy-to-put-together, fresh-tasting meal might just become your go-to pasta.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 10 min
Yields 4
spring farfalle nicoise pasta


  • 1/2 (450g) pkg farfalle pasta about 3 1/2 cups (875 mL)
  • 2 cups (500 mL) 2-inch (5 cm) pieces aspargus
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup (250 mL) plain Greek-style or Balkan-style yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) multicoloured cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) snipped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) pitted and finely chopped Kalamata olives
  • 2 cans (170 g) cans of chunk tuna preferably low-sodium, well drained
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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions or until al dente, 9 to 11 min. Add asparagus during the last 2 min of cooking. Drain well.

Finely grate zest from lemon and squeeze out 3 tbsp (45 mL) juice into a large bowl. Add yogurt and garlic; stir. Add tomatoes, chives and olives.

Turnpasta and asparagus into the bowl. Stir in tuna, trying your best to leave tuna in chunks.


Salting the pasta water brings out the flavour in pasta, preventing it from tasting dull.

Add frozen corn or peas instead of cherry tomatoes, and a generous grating of Parmesan.

Try salmon instead of tuna and beans in place of asparagus.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 363 Calories
Protein: 32 g
Carbohydrate: 51 g
Fat: 4 g
Fibre: 4.1 g
Sodium: 300 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 12 % / 133 mg
Folate: 87 %
Niacin: 60 %
Selenium: 210 %
Vitamin B12: 125 %