Tuna Pasta Salad
Spaghetti and tuna are two pantry staples that make up this Easy Tuna Pasta meal. Combine with olives, lemon, spinach and cheese and you can create a gourmet-tasting meal on a budget!
If you have a few basic pantry and refrigerator staples on hand, you can get creative in the kitchen by combining the ingredients to make up a delicious Mediterranean-style Tuna Pasta meal that has a complete protein, carb, and vegetable serving in one dish! Heart-healthy olive oil and salty feta cheese add a little fat to the dish, ensuring you won’t be hungry soon after eating this pasta dish.
This simple recipe comes together in under 20 minutes. In the time it takes for the pasta to cook, you’ll have the tuna mixture combined and ready to top the pasta.
If you don’t have feta cheese on hand, you can always substitute parmesan or romano cheese. Feta gives this dish a nice creamy texture that you won’t get with parmesan, but you’ll get the saltiness from the parmesan and it also adds great flavor. I’ve also made this with canned white beans, which add great texture. You can try garbanzo beans or cannellini beans for extra protein.
The cost of this entire meal is $7.45. The meal provides 6 servings, so the total comes to just $1.24 per serving. Easy, budget-friendly and delicious, this tuna pasta meal is a winner on many fronts!
Ingredients in Tuna Pasta
- 2 cans of tuna ($.89)
- spaghetti, or your choice of pasta ($.88)
- lemon zest and juice ($.59)
- 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives ($.99)
- Fresh spinach ($.75)
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes ($.45)
- 2 oz feta cheese (parmesan can also be substituted) ($1.66)
- olive oil ($.29)
- salt and pepper ($.03)
- dried oregano ($.03)
- capers (optional)
How to Make Lemon Olive Tuna Pasta
Prepare pasta noodles according to package directions.
While pasta is boiling, in a large bowl, combine drained tuna, olives, chopped spinach, chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
In a separate bowl or mason jar with a lid, combine the juice of a lemon and 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper. Stir or shake well to combine.
Toss the tuna mixture with the cooked spaghetti. Drizzle with the lemon olive oil dressing and toss to coat.
Taste for seasoning and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
Easy, cheap and delicious, skip the tuna casserole and make this fresh tuna pasta salad instead.
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- 2 cans of tuna $.89
- 1 lb. spaghetti or your choice of pasta ($.88)
- 1 lemon zest and juice $.59
- 1/4 cup chopped Kalamata olives $.99
- 1 cup fresh spinach chopped ($.75)
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes $.45
- 2 oz feta cheese parmesan can also be substituted ($1.66)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil $.29
- 1 teaspoon salt and pepper $.03
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano $.03
- capers optional
- Prepare pasta noodles according to package directions until al dente.
- While pasta is boiling, in a large bowl, combine drained tuna, olives, chopped spinach, chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl or mason jar with a lid, combine the juice of a lemon and 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano. Stir or shake well to combine.
- Toss the tuna mixture with the cooked spaghetti. Drizzle with the lemon olive oil dressing and toss to coat.
- Taste for seasoning and season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
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