Pasta with tuna and arugula pesto

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Pasta con tonno e pesto di rucola

Summer is slowly coming to an end and the last leaves of arugula from the garden are harvested. From it we prepare a tasty pesto with some basil, cashews and juicy tomatoes. To this we add pickled tuna in oil and sprinkle it with freshly grated lemon zest. In a flash we have brought a tasty pasta creation on the plate.

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The combination of tuna and freshly made pesto from arugula harmonizes perfectly!
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 358kcal
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Cost: low
Calories: 358kcal
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Ingredients list

  • 400 g spaghetti
  • 200 g tuna in oil
  • 1 lemon organic
  • 130 g arugula
  • 50 g cashews
  • 10 g basil
  • 100 g tomatoes
  • 150 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • salt to taste


  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti until al dente.
  • In the meantime, wash and dry the arugula and tomatoes. Remove the stalks and seeds from the tomatoes. Add both to the blender bowl along with the cashews, basil, olive oil and salt. Blend everything thoroughly until you have a nice creamy pesto.
  • Now put the pesto in a large bowl, add a dash of pasta water and mix well. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the bowl as well.
  • Now also drain the tuna and add to the pasta. Mix everything thoroughly.
  • Finally, divide the pasta among deep plates. Grate some of the lemon zest over each serving and serve immediately.
    Buon appetito!
Pasta mit Thunfisch und Rucola Pesto


Instead of long pasta, you can use short pasta for this dish, such as fusilli, gnocchetti or even orecchiette.
Serving: 210gCalories: 358kcal (18%)Carbohydrates: 36.3g (12%)Protein: 7.2g (14%)Fat: 19.8g (30%)

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