Fettuccine with Tuna, Fresh Herbs and Tomatoes

Fettuccine with Tuna, Fresh Herbs ad Tomatoes by simplyfreshdinners.com
You’re going to love this 15 minute meal!  The sauce is no-cook, healthy, quick, and budget-friendly.  It’s simply a matter of combining the ingredients with your choice of cooked pasta and dinner is served.

There are so many ways to vary this recipe and you can make it your own by adding your favourites. Today I kept this one fairly simple but you could add chopped spinach, leftover grilled salmon, black olives, sundried tomatoes, or marinated artichoke hearts.
Fettuccine with Tuna, Fresh Herbs and Tomatoes by simplyfreshdinners.com
I used a good quality tuna – albacore, packed with no preservatives.  A 3 ounce serving of tuna provides 22 grams of protein. I used grapeseed oil (but extra virgin olive oil is great too) and fresh herbs are a must for this dish.  Any kind of pasta will do – penne and shells would do the trick.  I have been using rice pasta for some time now and I’m sold not only on the health benefits but the taste is just the same if not better.
This is the kind of meal that you can make in a pinch because most times you’ll have these ingredients on hand.  This recipe was inspired by my friend, Nina, at O meu pensamento viaja.  She wrote a blog last week about being creative with the ingredients you have in your house instead of making needless trips to the supermarket. Thanks, Nina!  And, no, I am not so fortunate as to speak Portuguese, I use Google Translate! lol.  How did we cope with life before Google?  Or, as my favourite 3 year old calls it, ‘Goodle’!
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did.  The glass of Liberty School cabernet was perfect with it.
Cheers, Everyone.

Fettuccine with Tuna, Fresh Herbs and Tomatoes

Fettuccine with Tuna, Fresh Herbs and Tomatoes
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 2 – 4
  • 1 can of drained, good quality tuna (I used Rainforest Trading Co. – no preservatives)
  • 10-12 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large clove of garlic, chopped
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fruity olive oil
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon of capers
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • parmesan cheese, garnish
  • handful of basil leaves, garnish
  1. Mix the first 10 ingredients in a bowl, breaking the tuna into bite sized pieces. Careful when mixing, you don’t want the tuna to break down. Let it sit till room temperature.
  2. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and combine with mixture in bowl, adding cheese and basil. Serve immediately.


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    robin lorraine williamson
    October 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    this looks really yummy I will have to give it a try thanks for sharing visiting from silver pennies have a great day lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com

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      October 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Thanks for visiting, Robin. I’ve found you on google+.

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    October 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Great and tasty 15 minute dinner!

    • Reply
      October 8, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Susan. Always nice to see your gorgeous rose pop up on here!

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    Mindy Whipple
    October 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Yum – this looks like a keeper!

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      October 8, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Mindy. Are you still dry in your part of the world? lol

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    October 7, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Looks really delish
    and I love everything pasta
    so I’m sure to love it.

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      October 8, 2013 at 7:04 am

      Thanks, Ann. I’m a pasta fan too. I’m sure I would eat it every day if I could, lol.

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    October 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Yum! I know what I will be having for lunch today 🙂 Although, I am not a big tuna fan…do you think chicken would be a good substitute? Happy Monday, friend.

    Many hugs to you!

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      October 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

      I think chicken would be perfect with this, Stephanie. Have a great day!

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    Camila Rojas
    October 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    This looks super yummy and fresh Pasta!.. I’m addicted to pasta LOL! Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with more amazing shares! Hope you have a grrrreat week!!!

    Cami @ TitiCrafty.com

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      October 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

      Thanks, Cami and thanks for hosting the link parties. I’m loving them and will definitely be back again.

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    O meu pensamento viaja
    October 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    My dear Robyn, I’ m so flatettered you named my blog! Thank you so much honey!
    And this receipt of yours seemes to be irresistible. Surely I’ll try it as soon as possible.
    Have a great, great week!
    (I’ve just arrived from Oxford!)
    Hugs and kisses!

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      October 10, 2013 at 9:40 am

      You’re very welcome, Nina, and thank YOU for the inspiration!
      Oh, I hope you are going to post about your trip!
      xo Take good care.

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    October 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Omigosh! I am so happy we connected – I am always looking for healthy meals with fresh ingredients. Totally following back 😉

    I’m off to check out your soups now…

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      October 10, 2013 at 9:43 am

      So nice to see you, Anne. Hope you found a soup you like. I recommend the Chicken Soup with Spinach and Fresh Pesto. It’s my very favourite.

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    Bam's Kitchen
    October 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    This is one of those super go to pantry meals that come together in minutes and these busy weeks evenings are always crazy so will keep this recipe close on hand.

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      October 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

      I’m still on a quest for more quick meals with fresh ingredients, Bam, and hopefully won’t run out of ideas, lol.
      Always nice to see you. Take care.

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    Mary Brueske
    October 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Robyn;
    So glad you found me cuz now I found YOU! What a beautiful blog, I love the layout and photography. This simple pasta dish looks tempting and light…I must make soon – Gluten Free of course : >


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    Lori Hart
    October 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Found you from Family Home & Life 17 one dish meals. I have all these ingredients at home and was planning on pasta tonight. I’m so going to make this! Thanks

    Lori’s Culinary Creations

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    Ciara @Teaspoon of Life
    October 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I am not a big tuna fan but this just looks so amazing! It actually makes me want to try it, so beautiful and yummy looking!

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      October 18, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Thanks, Ciara! I hope you become a convert to tuna, lol

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    Kathy A Delightsome Life
    October 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I think I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

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      October 18, 2013 at 6:26 am

      It was my pleasure, Kathy. Thanks for visiting!

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