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green bean pasta tuna spaghetti without tomato sauce

Easy One-Pot Green Bean Pasta With Tuna

An easy and filling meal ready in under 30 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 371 kcal


  • 120 g Canned Tuna in Water
  • 120 g Dry Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • 180 g Trimmed Green Beans
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Tbps Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste


  • Bring to the boil a large pot of water and once boiling, salt it well.
  • In the meantime, wash, trim and chop to your preference the green beans; how to chop the green beans comes down to personal preference and shape of pasta chosen.
  • Boil the pasta in the well-salted boiling water following the package instructions and add the green beans according to your preference; if you like this summer vegetable quite firm, then add it about 3 minutes before the pasta is ready, but if you like it well done, then you may need 5-7 minutes. I like well-done green beans and spaghetti al dente, so add them together and cook for 8 minutes.
  • When the green beans and the pasta are ready to be drained, remove half a cup of cooking water and set it aside before doing so.
  • Once the green bean pasta is drained, return the empty pot to the hob on medium-low heat and add the olive oil; once the oil is warm add the freshly chopped garlic and the red pepper flakes. Allow the garlic to cook for about 30 seconds, until the smell of rawness has gone, but do not allow it to burn.
  • Next, add the green beans, spaghetti, tuna, and two tablespoons of cooking water to the pan and combine all of the ingredients.
  • Mix well all of the ingredients until you obtain a creamy texture; should it be required, add a little more cooking water to the mix.
  • Finish off by adjusting the seasoning of the pasta if needed by adding some salt and cracked or powdered black pepper if liked.
  • Serve and enjoy!


You can use other shapes of pasta if preferred, but remember to adjust cooking times.
The green beans can be cut to the preferred length, which will depend also on the shape of the pasta chosen.
Should you not like using cooking water, then you may need to add a little more olive oil, but remember to add the calories if you are counting.
This green bean pasta will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days, but the consistency of it will be at its best when freshly prepared.


Calories: 371kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 21gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 166mgPotassium: 447mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 804IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg
Keyword green bean pasta, tuna spaghetti
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