Tuna Marinara Pasta is a quick and easy dinner idea that comes together in 30 minutes or less. There are nights when I stare into my refrigerator and just don’t feel like cooking. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Thankfully, I always stock a few cans of tuna fish and tomatoes in my pantry. This tuna marinara pasta dish is a great pantry recipe for days when you’re short on time and haven’t had time to get to the supermarket.
I first made this easy recipe for Tuna Marinara Pasta in 2011 right after hurricane Irene hit our area. Many supermarkets were closed for several days. Thankfully, my pantry was stocked with emergency canned food, including tons of tuna fish that my husband bought.
This recipe is based off of a recipe from Rachel Ray, the queen of 30 minute meals. I had to make a few adjustments to the recipe as the cooking time was way off. She serves this dish using ravioli, so for a lighter take on this recipe, I used plain pasta. Cooking is not an exact science, so the lesson learned is that you should use your instincts when cooking. Follow recipe directions, but be ready to make adjustments along the way based on your own observations (eyes and nose wide open).
This would be a great meal for busy families or college students. It’s budget-friendly, quick, easy and healthy.
Tuna Marinara Pasta
- 8 ounces whole grain pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 6 ounces tuna fish in oil, drained
- 1/4 medium onion finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons kalamata olives pitted, chopped
- 15 ounces crushed tomatoes or chopped
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 4 tablespoons fresh parsley or basil chopped, for garnish
Cook pasta according to instructions on package.
To make the Tuna Marinara Sauce, heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil, then add onion and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add tuna, breaking and mashing tuna up; cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Add olives and tomatoes, and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped parsley.
7. Toss with cooked pasta and serve.
6 Freestyle points if served with whole grain pasta.
227 calories, 4 Freestyle points, 15 grams carbs if served with steamed cauliflower in place of pasta.