Inspired by the Italian dish spaghetti al tonno e pomodoro, this quick and healthy pasta became a staff favorite at EatingWell. If you keep canned tuna and whole-wheat pasta on hand, you'll do what we did: return to this quick meal again and again. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add anchovies (if using) and crushed red pepper and cook for 30 seconds more. Add tomatoes, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes. Stir in tuna and cook until it is incorporated into the sauce and heated through, 2 minutes more. Divide the spaghetti evenly among 4 plates, top with sauce and garnish with basil. Serve hot.

Tips

Note: Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

Nutrition Facts

361 calories; 8.4 g total fat; 1.2 g saturated fat; 28 mg cholesterol; 106 mg sodium. 139 mg potassium; 49.7 g carbohydrates; 8.4 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 22.6 g protein; 118 IU vitamin a iu; 34 mcg folate; 30 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 83 mg magnesium;

Reviews (13)

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2017
an easy weeknight recipe. we enjoyed it with a bottle of Cupertino...when we were half way through with our servings Janet said "you know what we should have put in this: some black olives." I jumped up and pulled out a jar of Trader Joe's pitted kalamatas and chopped up a handful real quick--just what the dish -- and the wine -- needed. Oh yes and a little fresh grated pecorino romano -- perfezionare! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2016
Amazing! Used tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes smells and tastes delicious! It was perfect! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2014
Very quick easy and delicious! This was really good! I used a giant heirloom tomato instead of canned and also added capers and it came together so quickly! Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Pros: Fast tasty simple to prepare Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2013
Will Try! My Italian dad used to make this when I was a kid and it was fantastic! This recipe is exactly as he made it learned from his mother. I'm going to make this myself! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2012
Restaurant quality -and so so easy and cheap! I could not get out of the house today and had absolutely nothing to make for dinner. I had some tuna and some tomatoes (in a can) etc. and ran into this recipe. So very easy and my kitchen smells glorious. I used a 14.5 can of Red Pack petite tomatoes (with sweet onion) and one 14.5 can of Del Monte diced no salt added tomatoes. I did not use anchovies but added the red pepper. Paired with whole wheat pasta and we have a winner here! So delighted! Will definitely be making this again!!!! Pros: Easy healthy use what you already have Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Will definitely be making this again! Loved it. Very easy and used ingredients I almost always have on hand. Megan Denver CO Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
What an easy dish--had everything in my cupboard except basil so i used a pinch of dried oregano in the sauce instead. Anonymous Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was fast easy and tasty a definite winner and one that I will keep around! I didn't exactly follow the recipe -- I added onions used a different kind of pasta and substituted sardines for anchovies -- but it was still delicious. Shang-Lin Pasadena CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Tasty and fast. We have already made it several times. Julie Tempe AZ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I LOVE this dish. It's simple.and quick. The ingredients are almost always in my pantry and if they're not the recipe can be varied veggies added seasonings altered and it' always just as delicious. I've served it over brown rice whole wheat pasta and potatoes. Of course I have another advantage because I can my own albacore. YUM! Joyce Fieldbrook (Re-No-CA) CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was so easy and I had all of the ingredients on hand. Perfect combination of heartiness and heat. I would definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very delicious and easy to make! I was so tired after work last night and needed to make something for dinner. I cooked basil seasoning in the tomatoes and tuna instead of the fresh basil. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is a great dish I have also made it with cooked frozen shrimp when I don't have canned tuna on hand.:D Read More