Recipe: Garlic Lemon Pasta with Tuna

Last updated: May 7, 2020, at 1:04 p.m. PT

Originally published: April 13, 2020, at 6:54 p.m. PT

Lemon Garlic Pasta, Silverware

This zesty pasta dish is delicious with tuna but you can also substitute canned chickpeas or grilled chicken.



Total Preparation Time

20 minutes


  • 8 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (5 oz) cans tuna, drained
  • 8 oz frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil (optional)


  • Place garlic slices and oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and cook, stirring often to until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove garlic and place on a paper towel lined plate. Remove from heat and leave oil in pan.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta, according to directions. Drain and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  • Return pan with the garlic oil to medium heat. Add onions and pepper flakes and saute until softened—about 7 minutes.
  • Add tuna, spinach, lemon zest, capers, salt and pepper.
  • Add cooked pasta and 1/2 cup pasta water.
  • Toss with cheese and more pasta water if needed.
  • Top with herbs, if using.
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