Saturday, December 1, 2012

Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and Breadcrumbs

Made this last month actually, for my kids after school lunch. They came home from school, surprised and very happy to see their lunch for the day, spaghetti is one of their very favourite, they do not seem to get tired of eating spaghetti every so often! Found this recipe from the wonderful Martha Stewart's website, what can I say, this is a winner alright, even I enjoyed it! 

The recipe calls for tuna chunks in water, but I have always prefer tuna chunks in oil, so I have used that instead. And the delicious part is the breadcrumbs. I used two slices of homemade whole wheat bread that I have in my freezer to make the breadcrumbs. Very nice. The breadcrumbs adds a wonderful taste to this spaghetti dish. 

I like all the other ingredients that are used. Instead of Kalamata olives, which are very expensive, I use the regular olives which I think is good enough for this meal. Do not omit the lemon zest, it makes the dish smells incredibly nice and goes well with the tuna. I only use less than 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, adjust to your liking. And I love the parsley, I added more parlsey to my plate. I have some yellow cherry tomatoes, and added that as well. Of course, make sure the dish is well seasoned with salt and black pepper. We love lots of black pepper.

This is one delicious and satisfying lunch!

I'm linking this post to Cook Like A Star, where the featured chef for this month is Martha Stewart, an event organized by Zoe of Bake from Happy Kids and co-hosted together with Baby Sumo from Eat Your Heart Out and Riceball from Riceball Eats.

I'm also sharing this with :
Recipe Box hosted by Bizzy Bakes
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage
See Ya In The Gumbo hosted by Ms. enPlace

Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and Breadcrumbs
(adapted from
coarse salt and ground pepper
2 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
3/4 pound spaghetti
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons slivered Kalamata olives
2 cans (6 ounces each) chunk light tuna in water, drained

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse bead and 1 teaspoon oil until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet, season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, tossing occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, drain pasta, and return to pot. Add lemon zest and juice, parsley, olives and 1 tablespoon oil, toss, adding enough pasta water to coat. Add tuna; toss gently. Serve sprinkled with breadcrumbs.


  1. Yummy! Looks really good & I bet my boys will love this too! Well, I know I 'll definitely like it coz tuna is my favorite fish besides salmon! I'll try this recipe next week! ;)

    1. Hi Joyce, Just drop by to let you know, I've cooked this spaghetti & tuna for lunch & it was super YUMMY! My sons LOVE it asked to cook again for end of the week! Thanks for sharing! Really awesome! Have a nice day, Joyce! :)

  2. Hi Joyce,

    As we emailed last night, you are extremely fast with your posting... Finally it is Dec and I'm so happy to cook and bake MS's recipes. Totally agree her stuff are pretty good and your spaghetti is indeed a spot on dish... Yum!


  3. Hi Joyce, I like the use of lemon in the recipe. I'm sure the pasta tasted good hot when it was made and also cold the days after.

  4. Very pretty dish, Joyce. I love lemony pasta. The breadcrumbs on top sound like the perfect touch. Thank you for linking--I'm glad you got this one in this week :-)

  5. Looks delicious. I think lemon zest makes a lot of things taste so much nicer! Gives it a wonderful zing.

  6. This sounds absolutely delicious, Joyce, I want to try this sometimes. I do cook tuna with pasta and this is a great recipe.

  7. I'm going to make this and have it as lunch with my kids. I'm sure we will like this spaghetti.

  8. eileen, hundred eighty degreesSaturday, December 01, 2012

    My girl likes spaghetti but not for me. I will let her try making this herself one day. I'm sure she will like it.

  9. I knew I would love this recipe from the get go! What a great combo of flavours!

  10. Pasta ?! Yes , please ! lol I would surely love this delicious pasta ! Will try to make this before the year ends :D

  11. It seems excellent. And I'm always ready for any kind of pasta's dish !!

  12. Joyce, I've lost counts as to how many times have I had pasta this week because my children still can't eat rice, haha! Please pass me a bowl of your tuna spaghetti!

  13. Joyce,
    My boys love pasta. I sometimes cook similar way like yours only did not add in lemon juice, lemon zest and bread crumbs. Adding these seems more flavourful!!
    i must try this ...:D

  14. This looks delicious. It is my kind of dish.

    I have been selecting a new cookbook, each week, so I will select a Martha book, for this coming week.

  15. Joyce, it really looks so delicious. I never would have thought to add breadcrumbs.

  16. What a delicious pasta! I just learned last year to add toasted breadcrumbs to pasta and it's wonderful.

  17. Hi Joyce,
    What a great Plate Spaghetti, we would just love it. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. I love the addition of lemon too! Sounds like a very refreshing meal!

  19. oh joyce, this is lovely! tuna and breadcrumbs sounds already sounds very good! i would have second servings ! Yum!

  20. it looks gorgeous- the tuna with the lemon is just perfect together

  21. this sounds like something me and my little guy would love! YUM!

  22. Hi Joyce, your pasta looks delicious! I just made it a few days back without the breadcrumbs, will be blogging about it soon, I love how the lemon tang and the tuna taste together1

  23. How about repeating this in 10 days time?



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