Italian tuna balls

Italian tuna balls

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(64 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Ready in 20 mins

Easy

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

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal594
  • fat12g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs92g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein35g
  • salt1.42g
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Ingredients

  • 2 160g cans of tuna in sunflower or olive oil, drained (reserve a little oil)
    Tuna

    Tuna

    tune-ah

    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • small handful of pine nuts
  • freshly grated zest 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • small handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 50g fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 egg, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 500g jar pasta sauce

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.

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6dinnersid
25th Feb, 2008
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
3rd Feb, 2008
5.05
Made this several times and its one of my favorites. Love it the taste of tuna and lemon.
deerussell
19th Jan, 2008
5.05
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
4th Dec, 2007
4.05
very nice
lyndsey_allison0506
6th Nov, 2007
4.05
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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