Italian tuna balls

25 minutes
Amount Per Serving: Calories 594kcal; Fat 12g; Carbs 92g; Sugar 8g; Fibre 4g; Protein 35g; Sodium 1.42g
This healthy dish is perfect for both spaghetti or flat noodles. Try these Italian tuna balls now!
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  • 2 160g cans of tuna in olive or sunflower oil, drained, set aside a little tuna oil
  • pine nuts
  • lemon zest
  • small handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 50g fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 500g jar pasta sauce


  • Empty the tuna into a bowl and break it up with a fork, until like rough crumbs. Add the pine nuts and stir through. Add the lemon zest, parsley, breadcrumbs and egg, then stir well to combine.

  • Roll the tuna mixture into walnut size balls.

  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta as directed.

  • Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add 2–3 tbsp of the tuna oil. When warm, add the tuna balls and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the tuna balls every minute until they turned golden brown.

  • When the pasta is cooked, drain in a colander and then put the pasta on a large tray.

  • Heat the pasta sauce, then add the cooked pasta and tuna balls.

  • Serving Suggestions: Great served with spaghetti or linguine. Serve with more Parmesan.

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