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Garlic Lemon Tuna Pasta

Garlic Lemon Tuna Pasta is a 10-minute meal loaded with Mediterranean flavor. You can make it with basic pantry ingredients - a meal the family will love!
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 8 ounces spaghetti or other pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 pouches 2.6 ounces tuna in olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice plus zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped divided
  • Grated parmesan for serving


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta. Return to the pot to keep warm.
  • In the wide pan, heat the olive oil at medium heat. Then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tuna, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper, and heat through for 1 minute.
  • Add the pasta, capers and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, and continue to stir until the spaghetti is well coated. Add as much of the reserved pasta water as needed to thin out the sauce.
  • Garnish with remaining parsley and serve warm.



Recipe: Inspired by Bon Appetit
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of pasta water, you can use any milk or cream.
  • Instead of olive oil, you can use butter
  • To make it gluten-free, you can also make this with gluten-free pasta.
  • Leave out the capers if you don't like them.


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg