I always try to be a healthy eater, sometimes it works out better than other times, but this year I am really trying harder. I really enjoy eating healthy, that isn't the problem, it's all the bad stuff that I enjoy eating too!! This recipe is a great healthy recipe that fills you up and doesn't leave you feeling like crap...even after seconds!! :o) The lemon complements the tuna so nicely in this recipe. And the homemade garlic bread crumbs on top add a very nice crunch to every bite. It's such a fresh meal! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Spaghetti with Tuna, Lemon and a Garlic Breadcrumb Topping
(adapted from Everyday Food Magazine)
coarse salt and pepper
3 slices of whole wheat sandwich bread
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of olive oil
3/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 cans (6 ounces each) chunk light tuna in water, drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse bread and 1 teaspoon oil until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Bake until golden, tossing occasionally, about 8 minutes.
Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta. Return pasta to pot. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley and 1 tablespoon oil. (I added a couple dashes of garlic salt here too...just because my husband and I like garlic so much!) Toss, adding enough pasta water to coat pasta. Add tuna; toss gently. Serve sprinkled with garlic breadcrumbs on top!