Pesto Pasta with Tuna

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Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 10 min
340 calories/serving
  • Very easy
  • Lactose Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly


100 g penne rigate, or other short pasta 1 1/4 cup
60 g tuna, canned, in vegetable oil, drained and shredded
2 tbsp pesto sauce 26 g
2 tsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1/4 lemon
2 tsp olive oil 10 mL
2 tbsp pasta cooking water, approximately 30 mL
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.


  1. To save time, the sauce preparation and the pasta cooking can be done at the same time. Start cooking the pasta.
  2. Open the tuna can, then drain and discard the oil. Shred the tuna then add it to a bowl. Stir in the pesto sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, and enough of the pasta cooking water to make a sauce. Mix well, then adjust the seasoning. Generally, you don't need to add salt since tuna is already salty.
  3. Pour the drained pasta into the serving bowl and mix thoroughly with the sauce. Serve in the warmed dishes.


Parmesan is not added since the flavour of fish sauces in general does not benefit from the addition of cheese.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (180g)


% Daily Value




14 g

22 %

Saturated 2.4 g
+ Trans 0 g

12 %


10 mg


300 mg

12 %


36 g

12 %


2 g

9 %


1 g

Net Carbs

34 g


16 g

Vitamin A

1 %

Vitamin C

5 %


4 %


9 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 0 serving
Grain Products : 1 ¾ servings
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : ½ serving


This recipe is :
Free  :
Added Sugar
Excellent source of  :
Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B12
Good source of  :
Manganese, Phosphorus
Source of  :
Copper, Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Omega-6, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Zinc


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 2
Fruits 0
Meat and Alternatives 1
Fats 2 ½

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This recipe is in the following categories

Pasta | Fish | Main courses/Entrées | Halal | Diabetes-friendly | Kosher