This easy tuna pasta recipe uses pantry staples and can be on the table in about 15 minutes. You won’t believe the flavors of this quick and inexpensive dinner!
With prices through the roof, I think we’re all looking for a way to do it. save in our shopping account. This canned tuna pasta recipe uses affordable ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and not only that, it’s super quick to make. This is for nights when you have no idea what to make for dinner and nothing in the fridge.
Ingredients for tuna paste
- Solid White Tuna Packaged in oil – Albacore tuna is the best tuna and doesn’t taste fishy at all. Tuna in oil has more flavor. If you go with the tuna packed in water, be sure to drain the water so it doesn’t water the dish.
- Pasta – I’ve used spaghetti here, but any type of pasta will do.
- Olive oil – Extra virgin olive oil to bring out the flavors and add richness.
- Lemon – We use both the zest and the juice to enhance the flavors.
- Garlic – a finely chopped clove – I use a garlic press. This sauce doesn’t cook very long, so the garlic flavor will be strong.
- capers – If you are not familiar with capers, they may seem like a special ingredient to you. But you can usually get a jar for $2-$3. They make this dish really special, but you can skip them if you like. Or use chopped green olives.
- Parsley – I prefer Italian flat leaf parsley.
- Salt – Capers and tuna can be a bit salty, but this dish is still much better after being salted to taste.
Tips for making Pasta with Tuna
- This recipe is prepared very quickly, so it is better to have all the ingredients prepared and dosed before starting. All of this can be done while the pasta water is heating. Cooking the pasta is actually the most time consuming part!
- Using lemon juice and lemon zest really enhances the flavor here; I use my microplane for that. It is without a doubt one of my favorite kitchen utensils.
- Start with a cold skillet, add the olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes and let them heat slowly. This will really infuse the olive oil with the flavor of the garlic and chili flakes. When the garlic is fragrant, add the capers, lemon juice and zest, salt, and parsley.
- These don’t need to cook very long, just long enough for the flavors to bloom in the heat and meld.
- The key to this recipe is Nope cook the tuna, because it is already cooked. Then, after the other ingredients have heated through quickly, we remove the pan from the heat before adding the tuna. The pan will still be hot, so the tuna will get hot enough without overcooking it.
- Then add the pasta to the sauce and let it season. And that’s it! Here’s another tip: Taste it now and add more salt if needed. This makes a big difference and will prevent you from ending up with a bland dish.
- 6 oz albacore tuna, packed in oil
- 8 ounces of spaghetti
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- the zest of a lemon
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Prepare pasta according to package directions until al dente. After draining, season with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent sticking.
In a cold skillet add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes. Bring the heat to medium, let it heat up slowly. Stir until garlic becomes fragrant and begins to sizzle.
Add the capers, lemon zest and juice, salt and parsley, cook for about 2 minutes.
Remove pan from heat, add tuna. Stir until tuna is coated with sauce.
Add the cooked pasta and sauté until everything is mixed together and coated with sauce. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 392kcal | Carbs: 43g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated fat: 3g | Monounsaturated fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 244 IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional requirements, please do your due diligence to ensure this recipe meets your needs.
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