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GARLIC BUTTER CANNED TUNA PASTA | 15 MINS PANTRY MEAL

This satisfying 15 minutes canned tuna pasta recipe is quick, easy and delicious when you’re in a pinch for time or have forgotten to go grocery shopping! It makes one hella good midnight snack too!

Worried that you don’t have enough ingredients to make a delicious meal without making a trip to the grocery store? Perhaps you’ve worked over-time, had to drop the kids to volleyball or piano practice and now there’s no time? Or maybe you’ve forgotten to take the meat out of the freezer to defrost? No need to order take out when you can just cook up some pantry staples!

Canned tuna is an excellent pantry staple to have readily available. Tuna is a super versatile source of protein. You can add tuna to pasta, kimchi fried rice, salads, sandwiches, etc.

This healthy tuna pasta recipe is as simple as you like or as fancy as you please.

Sometimes I would chop up celery leaves or cilantro – depending on what I have at home. If I have capers, I’d definitely add some into my pasta. I love the pickled savoury vinegar and lemon-like taste! I would finish this dish with some freshly grated Pecorino Romano or parmesan cheese just before serving the tuna spaghetti pasta.

A little lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice completes, brightens and balances the creamy garlic butter sauce also!

But most of the time, I simply just saute some shallots, minced garlic and melt the butter together. When I’m in a rush, I’ve made this pasta recipe with just canned tuna, garlic and olive oil – and that works too!

Pro Tip: Remember, if you want to cook pasta perfectly, it is always good to use a large pot that gives the pasta plenty of space to move around in like this one. Add at least a tablespoon of salt for every 6 quarts of water when cooking pasta. Salty water is essential because it boosts the pasta’s flavour!

Worried that you don’t have enough ingredients to make a delicious meal without making a trip to the grocery store? Perhaps you’ve worked over-time, had to drop the kids to volleyball or piano practice and now there’s no time? Or maybe you’ve forgotten to take the meat out of the freezer to defrost? No need to order take out when you can just cook up some pantry staples!

Canned tuna is an excellent pantry staple to have readily available. Tuna is super versatile source of protein. You can add tuna to pasta, kimchi fried rice, salads, sandwiches, etc.

This healthy tuna pasta recipe is be as simple as you like or as fancy as you please.

Sometimes I would chop up celery leaves, cilantros or parsley – depending what I have at home. If I have capers, I’d definitely add some into my pasta. I love the pickled savoury vinegar and lemon-like taste! I would finish this dish with some grated fresh Pecorino Romano or parmesan cheese just before serving the tuna spaghetti.

A little lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice completes, brightens and balances the creamy garlic butter sauce also!

But most of the time, I simply just saute some shallots, minced garlic and melt the butter together. When I’m in a rush, I’ve made this pasta recipe with just canned tuna, garlic and olive oil – and that works too!

Pro Tip: Remember, if you want to cook pasta perfectly, it is always good to use a large pot that gives the pasta plenty of space to move around like this one. Add at least a tablespoon of salt for every 6 quarts of water when cooking pasta. Salty water is essential because it boosts the pasta’s flavour!

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GARLIC BUTTER CANNED TUNA PASTA | 15 MINS PANTRY MEAL

  • Author: Nancy Wu
  • Prep Time: 12
  • Cook Time: 3
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 person 1x
  • Category: Pasta, Main Dish, Pantry Meal
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This satisfying 15 minute canned tuna pasta recipe is quick, easy and delicious when you’re in a pinch for time or have forgotten to go grocery shopping! It makes one hella good midnight snack too!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 can (170g) tuna, drained (I like using chunk light tuna)
  • 100g spaghetti (you can use whatever pasta you like; make it gluten-free with gluten free pasta)
  • 5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 good squeeze of lemon juice
  • half lemon, zest
  • 1 tbsp butter (you can substitute with olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, rough chop
  • salt and pepper to taste

 


Instructions

  1. In a large pot, boil salted water and cook your pasta ex. spaghetti al dente according to the package instructions. Approximately 12 mins. Save the pasta water for later.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the other ingredients.
  3. When the pasta is almost ready, heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add shallots and garlic and simmer for a minute or until softened.
  4. Stir in butter.
  5. Add in tuna, lemon juice, capers and cilantro and let cook thru. Mix well.
  6. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste
  7. If the pasta gets too dry, add a couple tablespoons of pasta water to the sauce the toss the pasta with the sauce.
  8. Serve with lemon zest and freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese if desired.

 



Notes

Add at least a tablespoon of salt for every 6 quarts of water when cooking pasta. Salty water is essential because it boosts the pasta’s flavour!

We like using Ocean’s Chunk Light Tuna or Rio Mare Tuna in olive oil

Make it fancy, add red pepper flakes, green onions, diced baby tomatoes, olives, etc.

Make this a gluten-free meal with gluten free pasta

Keywords: Canned Tuna Pasta, Main Dish, Pantry Meal, Garlic Butter Tuna Pasta, 15 minute dinner, quick and easy dinner recipes, canned tuna recipes,

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