Italian tuna balls

Italian tuna balls

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Ready in 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A superhealthy twist on a family favourite that can be served with spaghetti or squashed flat and cooked as burgers

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
594
protein
35g
carbs
92g
fat
12g
saturates
2g
fibre
4g
sugar
8g
salt
1.42g

Ingredients

  • 2 160g cans of tuna in sunflower or olive oil, drained (reserve a little oil)
  • small handful of pine nuts
  • freshly grated zest 1 lemon
  • small handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 500g jar pasta sauce

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Method

  1. Flake the tuna into a bowl, then tip in the pine nuts, lemon zest, parsley, breadcrumbs and egg. Season and mix together with your hands until completely combined. Roll the mix into 12 walnut-size balls. Put a large pan of salted water on to boil, then cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions.
  2. Heat a little of the tuna oil in a large non-stick frying pan, then fry the tuna balls for 5 mins, turning every minute or so until completely golden. Drain on kitchen paper. Heat the tomato sauce, then toss together with the pasta and tuna balls.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2007

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dee3000's picture

This was a tasty meal, and was easy to make. We used Asda spicy tomato pasta sauce for the sauce and "mmm", was really good. Our little girl ate some of it too, which was good as she is fussy!

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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I added some more breadcrumbs to the mixture which seemed to work well binding it all together. The first batch fell apart a bit but the second batch were fine. All in all, a tasty, filling dinner.

vfirby's picture

i made them and put them in the fridge for an hour prior to cooking and had no problems with them falling apart.

djmcnae's picture
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Yes the meatballs are a bit fiddly to cook but the result is well worth it, I didn't use parsley as I made a tomato and basil sauce to go with it but they were very tasty and enjoyed by all. I would agree however that there is no way that this would feed 4, it just fed 2 adults and two little ones!

leannebookless's picture
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Tuna made a great eqivalent to pork or beef! Also used whole wheat pasta and burgen breadcrumbs to cut the cals.

lush_loni's picture
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I found this quite tricky to make, my tuna balls fell apart a bit, not sure where I went wrong.

I was embarassed presenting my boyfriend with it..... I would attempt to make them again but I was disappointed at first try.

mshelenjackson's picture

This was a great receipe, would definately make it again. It was the first time my 4 year old would eat tuna (I told her they were meatballs and she happily scoffed the lot!)

kate1edwards's picture

This was very nice and really easy to make. I have been looking for a meat free - meat ball recipe and this one is perfect! Thanks!

sarah_llew's picture
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Was nicer 2nd time with some adjustments! Did have to make more to serve 4 (2 adults, 2 teenagers) so i used 3 tins of tuna instead of 2 i also added 1 clove of chopped garlic, 1 small finely chopped onion and substituted the parsley for chives (1 daughter hates parsley) also added a sneaky pinch of chilli powder and they tasted great!

teresaaregreen's picture

Very nice, but next time I will do double the amount to serve four.

psyren's picture

It was nice altho it wasnt quite to my taste. I think I would add more seasoning.

6dinnersid's picture

We have made this several times, and it is a great hit, even with my 11 year old daughter who says she doesn't like tuna!!!

amd123's picture
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Made this several times and its one of my favorites. Love it the taste of tuna and lemon.

deerussell's picture
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For even the children to sit and eat with no fuss this was a real winner! We omitted the parsley as they both hate it but had loads of basil in our sauce.

angelaedgerton's picture
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very nice

lyndsey_allison0506's picture
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Very quick to prepare and so light tasting - a real alternative to traditional beef meatballs. I made this for the family, and everyone asked where i had got the recipe from!

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