Spicy Tomato and Tuna Pasta

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Mother’s Day for wives of restaurant managers is tough. It’s pretty much guaranteed that the hubby will be working from the early morning until late at night. Which leaves me here at home with the kids doing what we always do. I still have to clean the kitchen, feed 2 hungry mouthes, referee every argument and fight, and generally carry on like every other day. Actually, come to think of it, every major holiday, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, is like this. So, I celebrate in small ways.

Like today, I put my cranky son down for a nap and made myself a nice lunch. Then I sat outside on the back porch and read a cookbook in peace for a few minutes.
My lunch was delicious. Much better than the PB&J scraps I usually eat off the kids’ plates. This was spicy and light and perfect for a spring day. And it only took as long as the pasta water took to boil to make.
Happy Mother’s Day to me!
And Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

spicy Tuna and Tomato Pasta

Spicy Tomato and Tuna Pasta

Super fast and perfectly delicious. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: dinner, pasta
Cuisine: american
Servings: 2
Calories: 372kcal
Author: jodiemo


  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 olive oil
  • 1 butter
  • 3 vine ripe tomatoes or 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tuna in water drained
  • 1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 T minced fresh basil
  • 4 oz.  angel hair pasta
  • 2 T lowfat ricotta
  • salt and pepper


  • Boil a large saucepan of salted water for the pasta.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add in onion and saute until softened.
  • Add in garlic and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes until tomatoes start to release some of their juice. Add in tuna, basil and red pepper flakes. Turn heat to low and let simmer while pasta cooks. Add pasta directly from water to the pan. Toss everything to combine. Serve with a dollop of ricotta on top.


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 814mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1780IU | Vitamin C: 30.8mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. That looks so yummy! And what a great way to use tuna other than sandwiches (which happens to be my husband's choice)…btw, I'm a new follower of your blog and love it. I live in Georgia too!

  2. That looks like a good recipe, thanks for sharing.

    On the bright side, your husband has a job, and you are a mother – that's more than some have today on this holiday. The grass certainly is not always greener on the other side. Holidays are overrated and love should be shown every day, not just on holidays.

    Enjoy your blessings.

    A mom to heavenly angels

  3. You are absolutely right. I am very thankful for the many blessings that we have. My children are beautiful, my husband is phenomenal, and we have a roof over our heads. We have a healthy and Happy household. Happy Mothers Day to you to.

  4. very nice pasta dish – the spicy got my attention and I am glad I took a look, this sounds really great….

  5. I'm sure your husband made many moms happy today! =) This is a great recipe – love tuna, love spicy tomato. Happy mother's day!

  6. Mmm. I had never heard of this dish until I worked in an amazing Neopolitan restaurant in FL that served spaghetti al tonno. The ricotta is a nice touch.

  7. I adore the graphic style of your blog! It makes it more interesting to read when it looks pretty 🙂

  8. Nice picture! Just by looking at it really made me hungry. Thanks for sharing this recipe, as I am hosting a small party this coming weekend and I need to come up with cheap recipes so I can stretch my budget. This recipe would really go well with a iced cold coffee made from one of my espresso machines at home. Thanks for sharing.

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