This tasty dish takes everything that’s appealing about the traditional French Nicoise salad and transforms it into an easy weeknight supper. Colorful, flavorful, and healthful, this pasta is packed with protein, vegetables, and fresh basil, all with a family-friendly price tag. It can also be enjoyed room temperature as a pasta salad.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Add the garlic and anchovies saute for about 1 minute, being sure the garlic doesn’t brown or burn. Add the tomatoes, tuna (flaking it into pieces with a fork), olives, basil, and half the pasta cooking water. Stir well. Add the cooked pasta and beans, salt, and several generous grinds of black pepper. Stir well. Tastes and add more salt and pepper if needed, and more pasta cooking water if the pasta isn't moist enough.