Easy Canned Tuna Pasta

This canned tuna pasta recipe is quick, healthy, and comforting. The perfect recipe when you don’t have a lot in your pantry!

This tuna garlic pasta recipe takes me back to my childhood. My mom used to make something similar when I was a kid, and I just loved it.

She’d sometimes chop up celery leaves instead of using parsley, but I never have those on hand, so parsley it is!.

I hadn’t made this recipe in a while, and I really enjoyed eating it after I finished the photos. I never put this recipe on the blog because I wasn’t sure people would like it, even though I know it tastes great.

I did a little research, and there definitely is demand for canned tuna pasta, so I figured I’d do it.I can’t believe it’s September already.

I’m sure everyone is saying it, but it kinda snuck up on me. I love summer, so I’m sad to see it go, and I’m so not ready for fall.In any case, if you’re busy and frazzled with back-to-school activities, this tuna spaghetti recipe is one way to save some time and keep your sanity.

This healthy tuna pasta recipe can be jazzed up or even made more simple than it already is. For the photos I added some grated parmesan cheese and a little lemon zest (I used the same handy tool to do both so it took me like 30 seconds), but in real life I don’t usually bother.

I’ve even made this with just tuna, garlic, and olive oil when I’m in a rush and I really have nothing in the fridge (it’s rare I don’t have parsley).

 Course : Main Course  Cuisine : Italian  Prep Time : 5 minutes  Cook Time :  10 minutes  Total Time : 15 minutes  Servings : 2


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced.
  • 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, drained I prefer tuna packed in oil.
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.
  • 4 ounces uncooked pasta (I used spaghetti).


  • Boil a salted pot of water for your pasta and cook it al dente according to package directions.
  • Prep your other ingredients while it cooks.
  • When the pasta is close to being ready, add the oil to a small pan over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook it for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the tuna, lemon juice, and parsley.
  • Let it heat through. Once the pasta is done, add some of the pasta water (a couple tablespoons) to the sauce and then drain the pasta and toss with the sauce.
  • Season with salt & pepper as needed. Optional: serve pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese and lemon zest.

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