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Easy Tuna and Green Bean Pasta Recipe

I love this easy green bean pasta recipe because it’s so quick and easy to prepare.
4 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Comfort Food, Italian
Servings 2
Calories 767 kcal


  • 1 Large pot or Dutch oven


  • 200 grams dried penne pasta (2 heaping cups)
  • 200 grams fresh green beans (2 scant cups)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 lemon (zest)
  • 1/2 lemon (juice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 200 ml marinara sauce (2/3 cup)
  • 125 ml sour cream (1/2 cup)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp salt (for pasta cooking water)


  • Bring 3 litres of water to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven and season with 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • Cook the pasta. Set your timer for 3 minutes shy of what the package says is the cooking time.
  • While the pasta cooks, prepare your fresh green beans by removing the stem end and cutting them into 1-inch lengths. Set the green beans aside.
  • Zest the lemon and set it aside, and open and drain the can of tuna.
  • 3 minutes before the pasta finishes cooking, add the trimmed green beans to the pot and allow to cook for the remaining minutes.
  • Drain the pasta and the green beans through a strainer and set aside. Save some of the pasta water in case you need it for the sauce.
  • Return the pot to the stove and add the olive oil.
  • Grate in the garlic, then immediately add the tuna so the garlic doesn’t burn
  • Add the tomato sauce and the sour cream, then add the pasta and green beans and stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle in the parsley, the lemon zest, and the juice of half the lemon, and stir.
  • Finish with a squeeze of additional lemon juice, some shredded parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional).



Serving: 225gCalories: 767kcalCarbohydrates: 82.7gProtein: 41.9gFat: 30.5gSaturated Fat: 10.3gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 565mgPotassium: 1380mgFiber: 7.9gSugar: 11.3gCalcium: 212mgIron: 9mg
Keyword pasta, tuna
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