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Superfast Fresh Asparagus and Tuna Pasta


Superfast Fresh Asparagus and Tuna Pasta

This superfast yet scrumptious tuna pasta dish with crunchy slices of asparagus comes together in minutes. Enjoy it hot or as a cold pasta salad!

Superfast Fresh Asparagus and Tuna Pasta //

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When lunchtime comes, instead of heading to a break room, cafeteria, or restaurant, I usually have a tête-à-tête with my refrigerator. You see, I work from home, so to me, noon rhymes with opportunity. Of course, I most often have leftovers or a dish from a local catering service that makes delicious, nutritious single-portion meals. Recently, however, I decided that at least once a week I would challenge myself to create something from scratch. The rules are simple: I have to use what’s in the fridge or pantry—obviously—and the dish must be done in 10 minutes or less.

My go-to lunch solutions are tartines and pasta dishes because they are naturally quick to make and they lend themselves to infinite variations. I don’t see myself as an instinctive cook (I like to follow recipes), so I’m often surprised at how delicious and satisfying the dishes I create are, especially within such constraints. I think it has to do with my tendency to naturally steer towards using my favorite ingredients and my ability to build on assimilated knowledge, pairing flavors that I know go well together without even having to think.

This little private game of mine has actually helped me start being more independent in the kitchen and breaking free from recipes from time to time. Now, on the weekends, sometimes I’ll say, “There’s nothing in the fridge. I don’t know what we’ll be eating for lunch today.” However, 15 minutes later, something delicious is on the table. These moments make me feel especially proud, which in itself surprises me because it shows that I may have a hidden instinct for cooking that wants to come out.

Every March marks the return of one of my favorite vegetables: Asparagus. I like using it raw, which allows me to skip a cooking step, and its delicate flavor works especially well in this simple, sauce-free tuna pasta dish. The thin slices of asparagus add some crunch, and they’re a natural match to the other crunchy, juicy, salty ingredients. Make sure to use top-quality olive oil-packed tuna for a meatier, more satisfying texture and a deeper flavor.

Superfast Fresh Asparagus and Tuna Pasta //

Superfast Fresh Asparagus and Tuna Pasta

This superfast yet scrumptious tuna pasta dish with crunchy slices of asparagus comes together in minutes. Enjoy it hot or as a cold pasta salad!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Marie Asselin,



  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta following the manufacturer’s instructions to get to the al dente stage.
  • While the pasta is cooking, thinly slice the asparagus stalks on the bias, keeping the flowery tips whole. Set aside.
  • When the pasta is done, drain, then return to the pot. Add the olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and lemon juice, and toss to coat the pasta. Season with a good pinch of fleur de sel and some black pepper, then toss again. Add the sliced asparagus, tuna, cherry tomatoes, and capers, and toss one last time to distribute the ingredients.
  • SERVING: Divide the fresh asparagus and tuna pasta between serving plates and sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve with an additional lemon wedge so you can liberally add more juice, if you like things as lemony as I do.
  • STORAGE: This fresh asparagus and tuna pasta dish can be made up to 1 day ahead of time. Refrigerate in an airtight container. Serve warm or cold, as a pasta salad.
  • MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE: Omit the Parmigiano-Reggiano and use vegan parmesan or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast instead.
  • MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: Use a gluten-free variety of dry pasta.

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Author: Marie Asselin

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes


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