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Tuna Pasta with Lemon and Arugula garnished with black olives in a white bowl

Tuna Pasta with Arugula and Lemon 25-Minute Meal

  • Author: Karen
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This tasty recipe for Tuna Pasta with Arugula and Lemon is a delicious, one-pot meal on the table in 25-minutes! It’s also budget-friendly.


Units Scale
  • 12oz linguini
  • 1/3 cup olive oil. Use a smaller amount if using tuna packed in oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 5ounce cans Albacore wild tuna, drained; tuna in oil can also be used but reduce the olive oil amount
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest – zest from one lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice – juice of one lemon (tip: room temperature lemons provide more juice)
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata black olives for garnish, optional


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions for al dente. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of salted pasta water in a coffee mug. Drain the pasta and place back into the cooking pot with a little of the pasta water if the sauce is not mixing easily.
  2. Make sauce while the pasta is cooking—heat oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add tuna to the garlic, break into pieces, and stir until heated through – about 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and zest and stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  4. Add arugula to the drained pasta and toss over low heat until it wilts for about 2 minutes. Add some pasta water if needed.
  5. Mix the tuna mixture with the pasta and stir to combine. Add more pasta water to moisten,  if needed.
  6. Season – add salt and pepper.
  7. Serve -place in a serving bowl and garnish with olives.


You may be able to serve 5, depending on appetite. You can also use 1 pound of pasta to provide more servings. If you enjoy this recipe, try Tuna and Kale Pasta.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Fish & Seafood
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: one-pot meal, budget friendly, pantry meal, fast, lenten meal, meatless Fridays dinner

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