Easy tuna and lemon pasta |

Easy tuna and lemon pasta

  • Author: Sue
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 5-6 1x


This 10 minute easy tuna pasta makes midweek meals a dream.



  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • A few drops of lemon and/or basil essential oil * (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil (plus more for serving)
  • 12 cans of tuna in olive oil
  • Bunch of fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 50gm grated parmesan cheese (plus extra for serving)
  • 500gm of pasta (I like to use a smaller shape but entirely up to you)


  1. Put a large pot of water onto boil
  2. Zest and juice 2 lemons, chop garlic
  3. Throw the lemon zest and garlic into a small saucepan with 1/4 cup olive oil, cook until it becomes fragrant and sizzling (a few minutes) then remove from heat
  4. Once water is boiling add pasta and decent pinch of salt
  5. Empty entire contents of tuna can (olive oil/brine included) into small saucepan with zesty stuff, add in the lemon juice
  6. Pick off a few handfuls of basil leaves, tearing them up and pop them into the saucepan with the tuna zesty ingredients
  7. Once pasta is cooked al dente, drain and toss through the tuna, lemon zesty and basil mix
  8. Stir through additional olive oil and about 50gm grated parmesan so that it’s nice and mixed through
  9. Season with pepper and serve with extra parmesan, olive oil and basil leaves


  • * I like to add a few drops of essential oil to my mix for added nutritional and flavour benefits but this by no means is necessary. Ensure you only use a quality food grade oil brand (I use Doterra)