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Tuna and Vegetable Pasta

Fresh & Fast Friday Pasta Recipe


Tuna and Vegetable Pasta  

I  am excited (and nervous) to have this recipe as my first Fresh and Fast Friday recipe. Who has never pondered what to cook QUICKLY at the end of a busy day or week ??

I find pasta so easy, nutritious and quick to make. You can use almost any ingredients you have available. This is a combination we often eat and is enjoyed by the kids and Mr Fresh and I.

  • Serves: 6
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 zucchini peeled and sliced to 1 cm thickness
  • 1/2 purple sweet potato (kumara) peeled and sliced to 1/2 to 1 cm thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • 400 grams of dry pasta of choice
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 capsicum (red or green) sliced into thin strips
  • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes or 4-5 quartered tomatoes  (approximately 250 grams)
  • 1 tin 425 gram of tuna in spring water
  • 6 spinach leaves finely chopped
  • handful of fresh basil leaves torn
  • 3 sprigs of fresh parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese finely shaved

Ingredients for Tuna and Vegetable Pasta


  1. Put a saucepan of water onto boil
  2. To a griddle pan or fry pan add the zucchini slices and sweet potato (kumara) to cook for 5 minutes each side.
  3. Remove the zucchini, slice into pieces and set aside. Leave the sweet potato (kumara) in the cooling pan to continue to cook
  4. Add the dry pasta to the boiling water to cook
  5. Put the cooking oil into a fry pan on medium heat and add the garlic after a minute, stir
  6. Add the sweet potato (kumara) and zucchini to the garlic and oil and stir
  7. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes
  8. Add the tuna, spinach, herbs and cooked pasta. Stir to combine and heat through all ingredients until the herbs and spinach start to wilt
  9. Season with salt and pepper
  10. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the pasta
  11. Top with the freshly shaved Parmesan

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  • Anne @ Domesblissity June 1, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Thanks Krystie for the reminder. Both of these recipes of mine are pretty quick to rustle up.

    Have a great weekend!

    Anne xx

    • Kyrstie June 1, 2012, 9:54 pm

      They are both look delicious Anne! Thanks for joining in.

  • Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right June 1, 2012, 2:51 pm

    I love a pasta dish with just fresh, simple vegies like this. Yum.

    • Kyrstie June 1, 2012, 9:53 pm

      Thanks Racel,
      I am a little addicted to pasta at the moment – the possiblities are endless 🙂

  • katepickle June 1, 2012, 5:19 pm

    Oh this looks delish!

    Sorry I can’t join in this week… haven’t blogged a recipe this week, but the 30 minute time frame.. does that include cooking time?

    • Kyrstie June 1, 2012, 9:47 pm

      Yes it does Kate. I am focusing on simplifying at the moment, and ideas for quick meals after a work day. That may change when I run out of ideas 🙂 I look forward to you linking up in the coming weeks if you get the opportunity.

  • marissa @ the boot June 1, 2012, 9:05 pm

    this looks so good! i love the concept and can’t wait to see more! (i made fresh and fast frozen yogurt today, but it took longer than 30 minutes!)

    • Kyrstie June 1, 2012, 9:53 pm

      Hi Marissa, thanks for stopping by. I am happy to have found your blog now too. Your yoghurt looks delicious. I love frozen yoghurt. I have started making my own yoghurt recently. I have been freezing it for the kids in ice block moulds with fruit mixed in and they love it! Kyrstie

  • Nic June 3, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Looks good Kyrstie, I did think about joining in but I struggle to make anything in less than half an hour!

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