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Spaghetti with Tuna

No more boring tuna dishes!  My Spaghetti with Tuna is an elegant dish that will make you look at albacore in a whole new way. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 410kcal


  • 8 ounces whole grain spaghetti (I used a quinoa and brown rice blend)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 8 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes (about 1 ½ cups), halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 can (12 oz) solid white albacore tuna in water
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, roughly chopped plus extra leaves for garnish
  • ½-1 cup pasta water

Breadcrumb Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta reserving about 1 cup of the pasta water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the shallots, garlic and chili flakes. Cook a few minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes and season them with ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Cook until they start to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the capers and wine and turn up the heat. Cook a few minutes until the wine is reduced by half. Add the tuna, breaking it up into large chunks.
  • Add the cooked pasta along with the basil and about ½ cup of the pasta water. Toss to combine all of the ingredients, adding more pasta water as needed to form a sauce that coats the pasta. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the pasta to a serving platter. To make the breadcrumb topping, mix the breadcrumbs, basil, lemon zest and oil together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the pasta. Garnish with extra basil leaves.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.3g | Protein: 29.6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg