Healthy eating: Tuna Pasta with Olives & Artichokes


  • 8 oz tuna steak, cut into 3 pieces or 1 12 oz can tuna
  • 4 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 t freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 t chopped fresh rosemary 0r 1 t dried, divided
  • 1/2 t salt, divided
  • 1/4 t freshly ground pepper
  • 6 oz whole-wheat rotini or penne pasta or 1/2 spaghetti squash
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 c sliced olives
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 c fresh spinich, wilted
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh basil for garnish
  • 1/4 c shredded parmesan


  1. If grilling, preheat grill to medium-high. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. Toss tuna pieces in a bowl with 1 T oil, lemon zest, 1 t fresh rosemary (or 1/2 t dried), 1/4 t salt and pepper. Grill the tuna until just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. When cool enough to handle, flake the tuna into bite-size pieces.
  3. If using canned tuna, drain and toss in a bowl with 1 T oil, lemon zest, 1 t fresh rosemary (or 1/2 t dried), 1/4 t salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Or microwave 1/2 spaghetti squash on a plate in 2 T water for 5-8 minutes until fork tender. When cool enough to handle, fork the squash into noodles.
  5. Heat the remaining 3 T oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add artichoke hearts, olives, garlic and the remaining rosemary. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is just beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are broken down, about 3 minutes more. Wilt spinach in a separate pan and stir in with the noodles, tuna pieces, lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 t salt; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with basil (or parsley) and parmesan, if desired.

About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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