I hope you have some cans of tuna and some pasta left from your 2020 hoarding period because you’ll want to make this creamy tuna pasta recipe for a quick and easy dinner this week! Learn how to make tuna pasta with whatever you have in your pantry and your fridge. This tuna recipe is quick, easy and delicious.
Creamy Tuna Pasta Recipe
I recently made my own version of tuna pasta after all the hype was actually over. It happened on a very busy day when all I had in “my office” aka the apartment I used to live in, but now I only work at and looks like dirty on steroids, were some cans, quick cooking macaroni and a bunch of older citizen vegetables. Oh, and some Philadelphia cream cheese that I had opened weeks ago to make cream cheese carrot cake muffins. Surprising to nobody it was still good. The mold did not want to go near those preservatives. Talk about wanting to be immortal, Philadelphia cream cheese…
So I basically grabbed all I had in the fridge and made this meal. Surprisingly, I held myself back from putting in my usual 4 cloves of garlic that have become my go-to in 2020. And it was a good decision. How about we make some more vision boards and decade reviews. I mean, you can’t help but look at all that December 2019 content and laugh and cry at the same time.
This pasta makes me wanna cry too. It’s gone. And it was so delicious, like amazing. I would honestly make this every day, but then I’ll have mercury poisoning and insulin resistance and these don’t cancel each other out. So I decided I’ll just have the memory 6 days a week and the real thing on day 7.
How To Make Tuna Pasta
Wash and chop all the vegetables that you want to use in your tuna pasta.
Saute the vegetables in a nonstick pan with some olive oil, salt and minced garlic and cover with a lid, cooking for 5-6 minutes.
In the meantime, Mix your tuna with lemon juice and a little bit of chili powder (if desired).
Add the pasta to the pan and 1 cup of water. I used macaroni and they cook in around 3-4 minutes. If you’re using other types of pasta – cook your pasta in a different pot before adding it to the pan. Make sure the pasta still needs 2-3 minutes more to cook through, so that it doesn’t get mushy.
Stir in the tomato paste and pesto.
Add another clove of garlic and the tuna.
Stir in the cream cheese, add some black pepper and water if needed. Cover with a lid and cook for around 2-3 more minutes.
Stir in some fresh basil and serve immediately.
I hope you enjoy this “clean your fridge AND pantry” quick dinner recipe!
- 1 can tuna, drained
- ½ lemon, juice of
- ½ tsp chili powder (optional)
- 1 cup macaroni
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup kale, chopped
- 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped basil
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp pesto
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Black pepper
- Chop the ingredients. In a nonstick pan saute the kale and cauliflower with olive oil and 1 clove of garlic and salt for 5-6 minutes, cover with a lid.
- In the meantime mix the tuna with the lemon juice and a little bit of chili powder (if desired)
- Add the pasta to the pan and about 1 cup of water.
- Stir in the tomato paste, pesto, garlic and the tuna.
- Stir in the cream cheese and add water if needed. Crush some black pepper and cover with a lid for 3 minutes (I used quick cooking macaroni).
- Stir in the basil and let cook for another minute.
- Take off heat and serve immediately.
You can use any vegetables you have at home to make this pasta. For example, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, arugula - they would all work for this recipe.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 444Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 53mgSodium 788mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 5gSugar 4gProtein 30g