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.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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; protein 22.6g; carbohydrates 49.7g; dietary fiber 8.4g; sugars 6.8g; fat 8.4g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 28.3mg; vitamin a iu 117.5IU; vitamin c 0.3mg; folate 33.6mcg; calcium 29.8mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 83.5mg; potassium 139mg; sodium 106.1mg; thiamin 0.3mg.
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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: 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
10/29/2011
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
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
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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: 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
10/30/2011
Tasty and fast. We have already made it several times. Julie Tempe AZ Read More
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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
10/30/2011
Will definitely be making this again! Loved it. Very easy and used ingredients I almost always have on hand. Megan Denver CO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2016
Amazing! Used tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes smells and tastes delicious! It was perfect! Read More
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