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Tuscan Tuna with Lemon and Artichokes (Fresh Flavors Aug '13)


  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 c. Rice Select Original Orzo
  • 3 tbsp. crème fraîche
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 c. sauvignon blanc
  • 14 oz. artichoke hearts, drained, quartered
  • 1/2 c. sundried tomatoes, drained and thinly sliced
  • 1 jar Neptuna Smoked Tuna Chunks, drained
  • 3 tbsp. fresh basil, coarsely chopped, divided


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tbsp. kosher salt and orzo; cook according to package directions. Drain well. Transfer the warm orzo to a large bowl and toss with crème fraîche and lemon juice.

 Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, 1/2 tsp. salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and add wine. Return to heat and stir well, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of pan. Add the artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes and cook just until tender and heated through, about 3 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat, gently stir in the tuna.

Add the tomato-artichoke mixture and 2 tbsp. of the basil to the orzo. Toss gently to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon into bowls, garnish with the remaining 1 tbsp. basil and serve.  Can be served warm or chilled.


awsome recipe!!!

Can"t wait to prepare. I will substitute olive oil by veg oil.
Better for cooking!!!!

-Lili, on 9/17/13

Great, light one meal dinner

Tried this recipe and it's perfect for a light summer entree

-msmouse1, on 9/7/13

delicious flavor combo

Easy to make, great for a potluck since it can be served at room temperature.

-EatWrite, on 9/7/13

excellent tasting but what is nutritional content?

This recipe was fairly easy to prepare and tasted great. We are trying to follow Mediterranean diet and have no idea what the nutritional content of this recipe is. Would be so nice if TFM posted this too!

-sue, on 8/25/13

Great balance of taste

So easy to make, it took me about 30 min counting prep time. Delicious!!!

-Viv, on 8/23/13

Unbelievably Awesome

This is the most surprisingly fresh blend of flavors! I loved it so much that I've prepared it twice this week. I served it with roasted red grapes and they were the perfect side dish . This is a company worthy meal. For dessert I served the grilled figs with brown sugar whipped mascarpone and port reduction that was also in the same August magazine, but for done reason that recipe is not available on the website.

-Bob, on 8/23/13


This is very tasty. My husband and I enjoyed the flavors experienced in this dish. We could not find the smoked tuna so substituted smoked salmon. We both recommend this dish with a glass of wine and some good bread.

-bluebird, on 8/18/13


I enjoyed mine Chilled, the flavors merged delightfully

-Bonnie, on 8/18/13

This is fresh, easy to make and very tasty!

I first tried this in-store and loved it so much I ran back to get all the ingredients. I made it at home a week later and my husband and I both loved it.

-JustJenn, on 8/18/13

Easy and Yummy

I made this for the family on the one night during the week when I am allowed to cook (not my skill set). They ate every bit, without the usual grumbling! That, in my book, makes it a hit!

-Geoknits, on 8/18/13

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