This Easy Weeknight Tuna Pasta Dinner is the quickest, most comforting weeknight dinner ever. I mean, it’s just the time to boil the water for the noodles, and cook them. You simply toss it all together.
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Super tasty dinner
For this Tuna Pasta, I wanted a super simple, super easy, and super tasty dinner recipe for you that only required pantry items.
This is exactly what I had hoped it would be. And, I think you’ll love it too!
It’s great for these times right now where we are stuck inside and don’t want to go out to the store. I almost always seem to have a box of some pasta in there plus I always have cans of great Island Trollers! I never want o run out of that!
But, this recipe is also great for simply putting a nice dinner on the table in a flash with little work, and having everyone love it!
Want to fancy-up your pasta?
I think that even with how simple this pasta dish is, that it’s super fancy already. But, you can make it more by adding a few goodies to it.
Try tossing in some canned white beans
Chop up some sun-dried tomatoes or jarred roasted red peppers and toss them in
Capers would also be a lovely addition
Olives would be fun to try
Top the pasta with lemon zest
You could also switch it up by trying a different flavor of Island Trollers Albacore Tuna – the alder smoked would be fabulous here, as would jalapeno!
And, really, I made this with long fettuccine, but it could be made with any shape pasta.
Don’t drain Island Trollers tuna
And remember, if you’re making this recipe with Island Trollers Albacore Tuna, you don’t want to drain off those tasty juices from the can; they’re the juices from the fish itself, not just plain ol’ water or oil.
Cans of Island Trollers are loaded with Omega 3s. So, it might feel a little weird not to drain the tuna, but don’t do it.
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Easy Weeknight Tuna Pasta Dinner Recipe
Easy Weeknight Tuna Pasta Dinner
- ½ pound fettuccine pasta
- 7.5 ounce can Island Trollers Albacore Tuna
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 crushed garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ cup frozen peas
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and add the pasta, stir gently, and return to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Place the tuna and all the juices from the can into a small bowl and break into smaller pieces with the fork.
- Place the oil in a large skillet, and heat over medium heat until hot. Toss in the garlic, crushed red chili flakes, and cook for about 30 – 60 seconds, just until the garlic starts to sizzle. Remove from the heat and stir in the tuna, coating the tuna with the garlic oil.
- Place the frozen peas in the bottom of the strainer. Cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water before draining. Pour the boiling water directly over the peas in the strainer to heat them through.
Place the pasta and the peas back in the large pot, and pour in the tuna in garlic oil. Use tongs to toss to coat the pasta with the sauce, adding a bit of water to loosen the pasta as needed.
Taste and add more salt or chili flakes, as desired. Plate, and top with freshly shaved Parmesan if desired. Serve hot.
Makes 2-4 servings depending on how hungry you are. Serve with a salad and bread sticks for a bigger meal.
Great cold from the fridge as leftovers too.