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canned tuna pasta
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Canned Tuna Pasta

This canned Tuna pasta is a delicious and nutritious weeknight dinner. You can make this one-pot pasta meal in less than 15 minutes. It's lemony, and garlicky!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2
Calories 471 kcal


  • 4 oz uncooked long pasta, (spaghetti, bucatini, or linguini)
  • 5 oz canned tuna, (about a can, remove juice)
  • ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice, (use more according to your liking)
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small garlic cloves, (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ tsp red chili pepper, (use more according to your liking)
  • 2 tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano , (or Parmesan Cheese, use more according to your liking)


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper


  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve about 3 tablespoons of the cooking water.
  • Meanwhile, in a large cold skillet, add olive oil, tuna, red chili pepper, garlic, a pinch of black pepper, and the optional butter. Turn the heat to medium-low and slowly heat up until the butter is melted.
  • Add the lemon zest, keep stirring until the garlic is fragrant and lightly colored for about 2 minutes. Be sure to keep stirring.
  • Add the lemon juice, pasta water (2-3 tablespoons) just enough to keep the pasta moist, then add the cooked pasta.  Keep stirring and cook for one minute.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and additional lemon juice if needed!
  • Turn off the heat. Serve with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and enjoy!



Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 23gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 310mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 257IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 2mg
Keyword canned tuna pasta, easy tuna pasta, lemony tuna pasta, tuna pasta
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