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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, which uses Barilla® Angel Hair pasta to create this incredibly flavorful dish.
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.
Barilla stands for the joy of healthy and pleasurable eating, and believes that pasta is the best recipe for good living, as it provides the perfect canvas for a nutritious meal!
What are the ingredients used in this zesty tuna pasta recipe?
First and foremost, the star of the show, Barilla angel hair pasta.
I chose to use Barilla 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
- Tuna packed in olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Can you use a different pasta other than angel hair?
The beauty of Barilla products is that they have a vast variety of pasta shapes! After all, Barilla is the Master of Pasta! As Masters of Pasta, Barilla offers quality ingredients for at-home chefs looking to elevate their cooking.
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 from Barilla.
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!
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.
Hey, who won the Pasta World Championship?
I’m glad you asked and remembered! In case you forgot, the Pasta World Championship was held in Milan, Italy on October 24 and 25.
Chef Carolina Diaz was representing the US and she faced off against 17 other young chefs from around the world.
SHE WON!!! Chef Diaz won the competition and became the Master of Pasta at the 2018 PWC.
You can read more in the press release linked here.
This light yet bold pasta is an easy pasta dish to whip up on any night of the week!
- 1/4 box Barilla Angel Hair
- 1: 5 ounce can tuna packed in olive oil, (do not drain)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Zest of 1-2 lemons (your preference)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons capers
- 1 1/2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Handful chopped fresh basil leaves
Bring a pot of water to a boil and follow the directions on the Barilla 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.
*If you're using tuna packed in water, drain it and add it to the bowl along with four tablespoons of olive oil.