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My Tuna Pasta Recipe

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Eva Amurri shares her Tuna Pasta Recipe

Sometimes you have recipes so ingrained in your history, routine, and memory that you kind of forget that everyone doesn’t make them all the time as you do! My Tuna Pasta Recipe falls into this category. This recipe was one that I concocted in my early 20s living in NYC after college. It came about because the ingredients were cheap, they were relatively healthy, and I wanted to find a way to make a cheap meal feel elegant, and something I could feed to friends or my boyfriends (this has also been served to various boyfriends’ mothers with great acclaim. LOL). I also love that it’s fast! It is something I go to again and again when I’m just feeling burnt out, and I need something quick and easy to make for dinner that won’t break the bank. It was one of the first recipes I made for Ian, and it’s one that Marlowe now asks for again and again. We all love how the tanginess of the lemon mixes with the garlicky tuna and the peppery arugula. When I think of a truly nostalgic meal that my kids will talk about from their childhoods, this is one that I think of. And I consider it BANANAS that I’ve never thought to put my tuna recipe on the blog! Until now, witches! LOL.

I hope you guys try this tuna pasta and love it! It’s a great recipe for transitional weather like the season we’re heading into. Let me know your thoughts if you end up cooking this!

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Ingredients…

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My Tuna Pasta Recipe

Step 1:

Boil Water and Cook Pasta

Begin by putting your pot of pasta water to boil. Don’t forget to salt it! When the pasta water is boiling, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.

Step 2:

Sauté First Ingredients

Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the garlic, and the red pepper flakes. Sauté gently until the garlic begins to brown slightly around the edges. About five minutes.

Step 3:

Add Tuna

Open the cans of tuna, drain out the water, and add the tuna to the pan. Continue to cook, breaking up the tuna and stirring often, for about 5 more minutes.

Step 4:

Add Remaining Ingredients for Taste

Add the lemon juice and zest, and turn the flame down to medium/low, mixing to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5:

Add Pasta Water to Pan

When the pasta is almost done cooking, reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, and set it aside. Drain the pasta when it’s done, and add the reserved pasta water to the pan with the tuna. Stir to combine.

Step 6:

Add final ingredients and enjoy!

After the pasta is drained, add it to the saucepan, and use tongs to mix the pasta in with the tuna mixture. Add some arugula to the bottom of your serving bowl or plate. Top with the tuna pasta, and then add another sprinkle of arugula on top.

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Eva Amurri shares her Tuna Pasta Recipe

My Tuna Pasta Recipe

A quick, easy lunch or dinner option to transition into fall. It's also a healthy and inexpensive meal option as well!
4.37 from 11 votes
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course
Servings 4 people
Calories 568 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 pot
  • 1 Pan
  • 1 mixing spoon
  • 1 Strainer
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Microplane Grater

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Begin by putting your pot of pasta water to boil. Don't forget to salt it! When the pasta water is boiling, add the pasta and cook according to the package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the garlic, and the red pepper flakes. Sauté gently until the garlic begins to brown slightly around the edges. About five minutes.
  • Open the cans of tuna, drain out the water, and add the tuna to the pan. Continue to cook, breaking up the tuna and stirring often, for about 5 more minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest, and turn the flame down to medium/low, mixing to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the pasta is almost done cooking, reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, and set it aside. Drain the pasta when it's done, and add the reserved pasta water to the pan with the tuna. Stir to combine.
  • After the pasta is drained, add it to the saucepan, and use tongs to mix the pasta in with the tuna mixture. Add some arugula to the bottom of your serving bowl or plate. Top with the tuna pasta, and then add another sprinkle of arugula on top. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
My Tuna Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 207mg9%
Potassium 482mg14%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 299IU6%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Pasta, Tuna
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Eva Amurri shares her Tuna Pasta Recipe


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5 Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    Thank you for sharing! I have other pastas with tuna I like. I’ll have to try this one.

    09.06.22 Reply
  2. Ann says:

    5 stars
    This looks delicious and easy. Will definitely try in the near future. Thank you for sharing.

    09.06.22 Reply
  3. Danielle says:

    Looks and sounds delicious! Do you use albacore or chunk light?? Does it matter? Also, is the tuna packed in oil or water?

    09.06.22 Reply
    • I use albacore, but it doesn’t matter. I use the tuna packed in water, but packed in oil also works, just make sure it’s drained first!

      09.07.22 Reply
  4. Martha says:

    This was easy and simply delicious! The lemon mixed with garlic and tuna was a new combo for me! I added tiny cherry tomatoes too! So good!!!
    Thank you!!!

    09.07.22 Reply