Spaghetti with Tuna & Tomato Sauce (Spaghetti al tonno e pomodoro)

Spaghetti with Tuna & Tomato Sauce (Spaghetti al tonno e pomodoro)

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From: EatingWell Magazine January/February 1994

Italian tuna packed in olive oil is a must for this pasta dish: the flavorful oil is drained from the tuna and used for cooking the sauce.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 7-ounce can Italian tuna, packed in olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Drain tuna in a sieve set over a small bowl, squeezing to press out as much oil as possible (reserve the oil). Break up the tuna with a fork and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the tuna oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with their juice and crushed red pepper; break up the tomatoes with a fork. Simmer over low heat until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in tuna and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain it and return to the pot. Add the sauce and 3 tablespoons of parsley; toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and serve immediately.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 365 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 10 g fiber; 62 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; 49 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 278 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 38 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 227 mg sodium; 288 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat

Reviews 1

August 27, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Very easy, quick and tasty. Absolutely loved this recipe! It is incredibly easy to make and it is very tasty. Someone might need a bit bigger amount of tomatoes to make them more juicier [i also added a bit of already made tomato sauce from the carton i bought in the shop] and you'll have to play around with spices but all in all a fabulous recipe to make when you don't have much time or feel like eating something light. Pros: easy, quick, tasty, healthy, light Cons: needs some adjusting to personal taste