Spaghetti with Tuna Recipe

Speghetti al Tono

This classic, Italian dish is super easy to prepare. The health benefits of tuna – this incredibly versatile fish – are many. Perhaps the most common health benefit that is attributed to tuna fish is its significant impact on heart health. It has very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce omega-6 fatty acids and cholesterol in the arteries and blood vessels.


  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • In a large pot cook spaghetti pasta with a teaspoon of oil in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, leaving pasta moist.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat saute the onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until soft and tender, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Add the tuna and let it cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooked pasta, and continue stirring. Turn burner to high heat, add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook for 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Place the pasta in large serving bowl and toss with the fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Serves: 8; Serving Size: 1 serving; Per serving: Calories: 319; Calories from Fat: 79; Total Fat: 8.0 g; Saturated Fat: 0.9 g; Protein: 17.3 g; Total Carbohydrates: 40.3 g; Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g; Cholesterol: 15 mg; Sodium: 40 mg; Sugars: 0.3 g; Vitamin A – IU: 185; Vitamin C: 3 mg;  Calcium: 33 mg; Iron: 4 mg; Potassium: 166 mg; Thiamin: < 1 mg;  Niacin Equivalents: 9 mg; Vitamin B6: <1 mg; Magnesium: 38 mg;  Folate: 103 mcg.