This simple pasta dish with tuna and zucchini is incredibly delicious and so easy! It's not fancy, it's just dinner.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir zucchini, salt, Italian herbs, and red pepper flakes into garlic oil; cook and stir until zucchini begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Mix in marinara sauce and water and bring sauce to a boil.

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  • Gently mix tuna into sauce. Simmer until zucchini are almost tender, 7 to 10 more minutes.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; stir in elbow macaroni. Cook until still firm, about 7 minutes. Drain well.

  • Mix elbow macaroni into tuna sauce until thoroughly combined. Taste for salt levels and adjust if necessary. Turn off heat, cover pan, and let pasta and sauce stand for exactly 6 minutes and 15 seconds. Pasta will soak up the sauce and become more tender.

  • Serve in bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

544 calories; protein 33.1g 66% DV; carbohydrates 85.3g 28% DV; fat 8.2g 13% DV; cholesterol 22.8mg 8% DV; sodium 1000.7mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (21)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2019
I made this using a rotisserie chicken instead of tuna and it was delicious. I m sure it s just as goo with tuna. Use what you have. It s good and easy. Thanks Chef Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2014
Not incredibly exciting but a solid very easy weeknight meal that was a success with my whole family. Read More
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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2014
I loved this recipe! I used 12 oz. of tuna from a can (drained) instead of a 7-oz. packet. I also added a can of Italian stewed diced tomatoes because my marinara sauce can was 24 oz. not 28 oz. I also used shell pasta since that's what I had on hand. Everything else stayed the same and it was so great! Highly recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2014
This was a very good everyday dish. I froze several serving and took it for lunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2014
I made this for my kids and I when my non-tuna loving husband was away on business. I was skeptical because although my kids and I like tuna I remember not really being a fan of tuna casseroles when I was younger. Anyhow it looked like a relatively quick & easy mid-week meal and I had all the ingredients on-hand so I tried it. We all really liked it....that inclues a 9-y.o. who would happily survive on PB&J & pizza for the rest of his life. He's not a fan of zucchini but said he really liked it in this dish. I halved the recipe and it made enough for the three of us to eat it two nights in a row. I love meals like this that don't have an extensive amount of ingredients and yet are still super flavorful. This is definitely a repeat! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2014
It was good nothing fabulous. But it was about as good as I could expect canned tuna to taste in a main course meal. I was afraid the fishy taste would overtake the flavor of the recipe but it really didn't. I recommend this recipe for an easy & quick weeknight recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/04/2014
Not incredibly exciting but a solid very easy weeknight meal that was a success with my whole family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2019
I made this using a rotisserie chicken instead of tuna and it was delicious. I m sure it s just as goo with tuna. Use what you have. It s good and easy. Thanks Chef Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2019
I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of marinara sauce and seasoned it with korma curry paste. Also instead of tuna I used smoked tofu. There are so many different fun ways to change up simple recipes like this. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2016
Simple and delicious recipe! I added half a diced white onion and 2 handfuls of spinach. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2016
This pasta is so simple and delicious! I use whole grain pasta and canned tuna but everything else is the same. I am not a great cook but I can easily make this (even with my two young children running around) and have a dinner that's healthy and a hit with my family. I make this at least once a month now because it's so easy and I usually have the ingredients on hand. Thanks for a great recipe Chef John! Read More
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