Recipe: Spaghetti With Tuna Caper Sauce

Last updated: August 26, 2021, at 9:09 a.m. PT

Originally published: August 26, 2021, at 8:55 a.m. PT

The image shows a plate of spaghetti with tuna caper sauce prepared on a table.


  • 12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 10 ounces tuna packed in oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water.
  2. Reserve 1 ½ cups cooking liquid and drain pasta, and set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add tuna with its oil and sliced garlic.
  4. Break apart the tuna with your spoon and cook for 1-2 minutes.'
  5. Add capers and red pepper flakes and cook for one minute more.
  6. Add pasta to the pan and pour over the pasta water and toss a few times until liquid is reduced.
  7. Remove from heat and toss with lemon zest, juice, oil, and parsley.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper and top with more crushed red pepper flakes if desired.

Serves: 4

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