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Zesty Tuna Pasta

A refreshingly light yet bold and easy zesty pasta dish that uses canned tuna and lemon in a way that you may not have thought to use before!

Are you ready for another easy pasta recipe that will seriously make you question if there was anything easier?

I introduce to you this zesty tuna pasta.

My husband said he loved how even though it was light, it still had bold flavors and it was refreshing and bright.

When I have bright and refreshing flavors in a dish, it evokes a sense of pleasurable eating because it makes me happy.

A refreshingly light yet bold and easy zesty pasta dish that uses canned tuna and lemon in a way that you may not have thought to use before!

What are the ingredients used in this zesty tuna pasta recipe?

First and foremost, the star of the show, angel hair pasta.

I chose to use angel hair pasta because of its delicate nature and how perfectly it paired with the rest of the ingredients. It also has the perfect al dente texture. The angel hair pasta sort of helps elevate the rest of the flavors in the dish by being delicate.

Additionally, since pasta is an important part of the Mediterranean diet, it made the decision easy to combine pasta with the rest of the fresh ingredients:

  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Capers
  • Tuna packed in olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Can you use a different pasta other than angel hair?

With this sauce pairing, because of the delicate extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, I would suggest using a long pasta cut as opposed to a shorter shape. Spaghetti, linguine, or thin spaghetti are great options.

A refreshingly light yet bold and easy zesty pasta dish that uses canned tuna and lemon in a way that you may not have thought to use before!

What other greens would you suggest?

Anything “baby” is good because it wilts easier.

Baby spinach, baby arugula, baby kale, etc.

What if I don’t like tuna?

No problem! Lean meats and fish are part of the Mediterranean diet so you could easily swap out the tuna for something like chicken or shrimp!

A refreshingly light yet bold and easy zesty pasta dish that uses canned tuna and lemon in a way that you may not have thought to use before!

Do I have to use tuna packed in olive oil?

It has the most flavor so I would highly recommend it.

If you prefer to use tuna in water, I would drain it then add four tablespoons of olive oil to the dish.

A refreshingly light yet bold and easy zesty pasta dish that uses canned tuna and lemon in a way that you may not have thought to use before!

Zesty tuna pasta! #ad It's light and refreshing but has bold flavor! Quick and easy ingredients together with @BarillaUS' angel hair pasta make this one recipe you'll love for lunches and dinners every week! #PastaWorldChampionship #PassionforPasta #?

A refreshingly light yet bold and easy zesty pasta dish that uses canned tuna and lemon in a way that you may not have thought to use before!

Zesty Tuna Pasta

This light yet bold pasta is an easy pasta dish to whip up on any night of the week!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 2
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Ingredients 

  • ¼ box angel hair pasta
  • 5 ounce canned tuna packed in olive oil, (do not drain)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1-2 lemons, (your preference)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons capers
  • 1 ½ cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Handful chopped fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and follow the directions on the pasta box and cook the pasta until al dente.
  • In the meantime, in a large bowl, add the tuna with olive oil (see notes below), lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, and baby spinach.
  • Once the pasta is done cooking, drain and immediately add to the contents of the large bowl.
  • Toss the pasta and the ingredients together; the heat from the pasta will wilt the spinach and warm up the other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Divide evenly onto plates and serve. Garnish with basil leaves on top, if desired.

Notes

*If you're using tuna packed in water, drain it and add it to the bowl along with four tablespoons of olive oil.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 216 kcal | Carbohydrates: 43 g | Protein: 8 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 189 mg | Potassium: 254 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g

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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon, pasta, tuna
Recipe Rating




Flo

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Excellent flavors that meld together beautifully, Light & summery ! Can wait to make it again. Thank you for sharing! Flo of Massachusetts

Robyn Little

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Delicious!!! I quadrupled this recipe for our big eaters during this pandemic quarantine. I had to replace the angel hair pasta as the shelves were completely of most pasts so, fettuccine worked. I also couldn’t get my hands on fresh basil, so dried basil to the rescue! ? ? ? ?

Martina

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

I tried this recipe on 2 July 2019.... And wow I thought as it was superb, very easy extremely tasty and to top it up my kids/teens requested it again for next days dinner. I am truly grateful for this zesty tuna pasta. ;)