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Tuna Carbonara on a plate that's resting on a mauve napkin.

Tuna Carbonara

This Tuna Carbonara is a simple meal that comes together in 15 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 479kcal


  • 3 teaspoons virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 5 oz cans tuna in water drained
  • 8 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • Cook pasta in a pot of salted water until al dente. Drain, making sure to reserve 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. 
  • In a small bowl whisk the eggs, Parmesan, salt and pepper. 
  • While pasta is cooking add olive oil, garlic, and tuna to a skillet set over medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant. Reduce heat to low and stir in the pasta. Add the egg mixture, making sure to stir constantly.
  • Add a splash of pasta water to loosen the sauce and make it creamier if needed. Serve immediately, topped with more Parmesan and fresh parsley. 


You can use spaghetti, bucatini, fettuccine or any other long noodle variety.
It's important you stir constantly as you are mixing in the sauce with the pasta or else your egg mixture can scramble.
Want to make it healthier and low carb? Use spaghetti squash noodles or zucchini noodles!
Use freshly grated parmesan cheese rather than pre-grated parmesan. 


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 205mg | Sodium: 937mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 4mg