I made this pasta dish for the event Cook Like A Star - Cook Like A Star is a blog hop hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out and Riceball from Riceball Eats. The even is hosted every bi-monthly and the theme will always be a celebrity chef. All we have to do is just try out the dishes cooked/baked by these celebrity chefs and post it on our blogs!
This month's theme is Martha Stewart - I've never really watched her show though I know many love her recipes. While browsing for a quick and easy lunch idea on her website, I found this easy pasta dish that I whipped up in less than 30 minutes!
The original recipe also uses breadcrumbs but I decided to omit them as I don't have bread in my house at that time. I also added a little chili (de-seeded so it's less spicy) for a little kick which complemented very well with the tangy lemon juice.
Overall I'm pretty fond of this recipe as it's really cheap dish to cook (canned tuna ain't expensive) and it's a nutritious dish as well (tuna is a great source of Omega-3s). Will definitely be making it more often.
Start of with lots of garlic and some chili.
I love garlic, so I used 2 cloves per person. You can use more or less, depending on your personal preference. For the chili, I removed the seeds so that it's less spicy. If you have a higher tolerance for spicy stuff, by all means add in the whole chili with seeds.
Fry the garlic and chili in some olive oil until the garlic turns a light golden brown.
Add in the tuna chunks.
Drain the pasta and toss it with the oil-garlic-chili-tuna mixture, lemon juice, cheese, salt black pepper and parsley.
I'm submitting this to Cook Like A Star hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out and Riceball from Riceball Eats. (See below for other foodie's submissions.)
I'm also submitting this to Bizzy Bakes' Recipe Box #27
Tuna and Lemon Spaghetti (Martha Stewart)
- 180 grams dried spaghetti
- 1 can, ~150 grams tuna chunks in oil
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 chilli, de-seeded and sliced thinly
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- Handful of chopped fresh parsley, can use dried parsley as well
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Heat a large pot of water and season with salt (1 litre of water : 1 tablespoon of table salt).
- Drain the tuna chunks and reserve the oil. Measure 7 tablespoons of oil and heat in a small frying pan over medium heat.
- Once the water has come to a boil, add in the dried spaghetti and cook according to the directions on the package until al dente.
- Add the garlic and chilli into the frying pan and turn the heat down to low. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic has turned into a light golden brown, which will take about 7 to 10 minutes. Add in the tuna chunks and break them up into smaller pieces and allow the tuna to be heated through. By now the spaghetti should be cooked.
- Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water. Drain the spaghetti and return back into the pot. Add in the oil-garlic-chilli-tuna mixture, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Toss and season with salt and black pepper. Add the pasta water, little by little, to get a smooth consistency (you will not need all the pasta water).
- Serve immediately.
Do join us Inger! Salmon sounds like a great idea!
Yes it is very yummy 🙂 Me too, I love cooking pasta, it's really quick and easy!
Inger Wilkerson says
What a fun idea for a blogging event! This looks great--I think I'll have to try it with canned salmon...
That is so simple yet I am sure the taste is fabulous! I like cooking spaghetti when I only hv to cook for 2...super fast and easy!
Hi Lena! Yea it's a really easy and delicious recipe. I regret not adding the breadcrumbs, will definitely try it next time!
Hi Anne! Thank you! I love how quick and delicious easy, great to make when we are lazy 😉
Hi Annadina, thank you! Ahh adding peas is such a great idea, got to get and stash some of them in my freezer for future use!
Hi Hui, yes I love how simple this is. Hope you'll like it!
Hi Yee Ling, bacon sounds good! Will try it out with bacon the next time 😉
No worries! Thank you for the link!
i never had pasta with canned tuna before. Sounds good and light! i like more garlic too like you! yeah, would be nice if you add in some breadcrumbs too 🙂
This is one of my fave pasta combo 😀 Quick , simple and deliciously good ! Love it !
Love this simple tuna spagetti ... for my children I usually add peas for extra veggies 🙂
johnnysenough hepburn says
Never even thought to give you this link:
ooooh, perfect! looks simple and delish.. and exactly what i needed. thanks for sharing, jasline.. i'm making this tonight ^^
Yee Ling says
Ahhhh...I had similar spaghetti back then for my dinner except I used bacon. I ll bookmark tuna for future use.hehehheh
Hi Barbara! Yes it's a really quick and delicious recipe. Do blog hop with us if you can! The event's only over at the end of the month 🙂
Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen says
Such a fun blog hop:) I love Martha.. this looks like the perfect mid-week dinner!
Oh I didn't know about that! I've got to try hunting for fresh tuna or substitute with salmon instead. Your tomato-based tuna pasta sounds really delicious too, I'm heading over to your blog to find it!
Hi Zoe, I agree, canned tuna is definitely more convenient, but I may try using fresh salmon the next time, I think it'd taste good as well 😉
Glad you like the recipe! Have a great day!
Hi John! I'm thinking of using salmon the next time 😉 Yes she certainly can!
Hi Joyce, it's so easy to prepare that it is going to be my last-minute meals in the future 🙂 I'll definitely try it with the breadcrumbs the next time 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Hi Mich, it certainly is, I can imagine using salmon as well, equally delicious!
It certainly is worth trying! Hope you are having a great week, take care!
Thank you Baby Sumo 🙂 Take care!
Hi Kit! Thank you! Oooh I think I should give the breadcrumbs version a go the next time, a lot of people seemed to like it! Have a great week ahead and take care!
I love your version of this pasta with addition of chilli . Sounds so mouth watering! I've tried the version with breadcrumbs & it was delicious. Now I wanted to try with some chilli! YUM! 🙂
Baby Sumo says
Simple and nice!
How delicious! Definitely a pasta worth trying.
Mich - Piece of Cake says
Lemon and tuna is a very lovely combo, and I also enjoy eating my tuna with pasta!
kitchen flavours says
Yes, this is indeed lovely! Nice addition with the minced chillies! And super quick and easy to prepare too. My kids love it. Try it with the breadcrumbs next time, it is yummy with the spaghetti!
Have a nice day!
I really enjoy a lemon-y pasta dish, Jasline, and adding tuna is a great idea. That Martha Stewart can surprise you! 🙂
I'm not really used to using tuna in hot dishes or with pasta but this looks very attractive and so quick to make. I'll keep this in mind for the future.
We like eating our fishy dishes with lemon too. Whether with less or more omega 3, I would prefer to use canned tuna for the convenience. This recipe sounds good!
johnnysenough hepburn says
This sounds really nice. Oddly, even though one of my recipes has lemon, oregano and garlic with canned tuna (that recipe has a tomato-based sauce) I've never thought of this. Must try it. Btw, canned tuna has far less Omega 3 than fresh. I think you would have to eat the equivalent of 300g! Just don't quote me. Especially as I read that a few years ago.