This garlic tuna pasta with asparagus is perfect for a light spring dinner. It comes together in no time, and tastes fantastic.

pasta with tuna and asparagus in a white bowl

I happen to love tuna. Now, I know not everyone is a tuna lover, but me? I could eat it every day.

However, the same old tuna sandwich gets kinda old so in an attempt to be creative and throw a meal together without a recipe (gasp! this is brave ground for me), I made this dish the other night and…it…was…awesome.

The garlic was subtle but essential and the combination of asparagus, tuna and pasta was perfect for a light, spring dinner.

The sauce, not overly saucy by any means, lightly coats the pasta with a delicious garlic taste.

My kids actually ate this really well (albeit a few gags on the asparagus) and have now declared, “Mom, we like tuna, too…just not on bread.” Sigh…I’ll take what I can get.

What To ServeSaltine Crackers
A simple green salad (or for something more fancy this Gourmet Green Salad)
Fresh, seasonal fruit

Garlic Tuna Pasta with Asparagus

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 medium cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this doesn’t add spice – just a nice enhancement of flavor)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans solid white tuna in water (2 cans), drained well
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into fourths
  • 1 bunch asparagus (or substitute broccoli, peas, etc.), tough ends trimmed and stalks cut into thirds, lightly steamed (I steamed mine for 3-4 minutes until just barely crisp tender)
  • 1 pound penne pasta or other similar tube pasta


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions (or however you like it).
  2. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch non-stick skillet, heat oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant (but not browned!), about 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add tuna, slightly breaking up chunks with your fingers, and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until tuna is heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. Toss tuna mixture, parsley, butter, asparagus (or other vegetable), and cooked pasta together in the skillet. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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