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Simple Lemon & Tuna Pasta

I love a perfectly seared, rare tuna steak. I also love canned tuna. Even as a kid, I loved it. When I got older and starting “cooking” for myself, I loved adding tuna and frozen peas to mac and cheese. I still find it a great source of protein and my stomach digests it much better than chicken, turkey, or beef.

Plus, it’s a perfect excuse to stink up the entire office. Kidding, kidding. I won’t eat tuna at the office. That’s just plain rude. So if you need an evening meal, or a quick meal to make at home during lunch, this is your ticket.

Simple Lemon & Tuna Pasta

Serves 2 or 1 big portion

  • about 1 c cooked pasta (I used oriecchete) with a little pasta water reserved
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • a few dashes of paprika
  • 1 can good quality tuna, drained
    •  (I used Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Solid Albacore that was recently sent to me to try out…and seriously, there was a BIG difference between the regular tuna I’ve always bought. Try the “prime” – it’s good.)
  • 1 small leaf of kale for photographic purposes
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and once warm, add the garlic. Saute until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, and add the lemon juice, a few splashes of pasta water (1-2 T), and the pasta. Cook until it starts to form a little sauce. It’ll still be pretty thin but will start to coat the pasta.
  3. Stir in the tuna and cook for another minute or so until the tuna is warm.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika to season and serve.

Are you conscious about the food you reheat and/or eat at work, either because of smell or commentary along the lines of “what on earth are you eating?!”

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Megan (Running Foodie)
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    Yum! I used to make tuna pasta salad with lemon pepper ALL THE TIME in college. Seriously, I think it’s one of the only things I ate for 4 years straight.

  • Reply
    Miriam @ Bellas
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    We used to call this guy who sat in the back of class “tuna boy” because he always ate it and stunk up the class. Ever since that, I’m uber careful since I don’t want to get a funky nickname 😉

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    Alexis {Diva on a Diet}
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    This looks simple enough and good! Adding it to my massive recipe collections! I will have to try the Prime. Don’t think I’ve seen it.

    Oh, and I actually have offended people by scrambling some eggs in the microwave and overcooking them. HORRIBLE smell!!! I felt awful! I don’t do eggs at work anymore!

  • Reply
    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
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    I have been craving a tuna fish sandwich big time for the past couple of weeks. This is yet another sign from the Universe that I must fulfill my craving!

  • Reply
    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
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    Love tuna! This looks awesome lady.

    And I try not to re-heat tuna at work… But I’ll eat it cold. People are always reheating food that stinks to me so it’s like payback, haha.

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    Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
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    Tuna steak is all right, but I haaate canned tuna and I especially hate tuna salad lol. My old work had a microwave that could also be used as a regular oven… the president of the company would always come down and cook fish in the oven for like 30 minutes and everyone would hate it but couldn’t say anything!

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    Amanda
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    This looks good! Must try this week! I do tend to stick with a sandwich or a salad or non-fragrant leftovers for work lunches. After having numerous co-workers throughout the years completely disregard this common courtesy (hello, burnt popcorn!), this is a big sticking point for me.

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish
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    Bumble bee tuna! Hahaha…what movie is that from, ace Ventura? Regardless it sounds delicious 🙂

  • Reply
    Chelsea
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    You inspired me to make a variation of this tonight! mmm
    Also, you should update your hair story in pictures page, I noticed you have an awesome new do!

  • Reply
    Jasper Naomi
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    lots of noodle bowls on blogs lately so I am loving the shells! 😀 although corkscrew is my favorite, as if you wanted to know that

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