Italian Tuna Pasta

Hi friends!

I can’t wait to share this one with you!! Quite a few of you have been intrigued by the mention of this one on our meal plan the last few weeks. It may sound a little weird, a tiny bit crazy, even a little icky…but I promise you, if you give it a chance, it may make a few appearances on your meal plan.

Italian Tuna Pasta


16 oz. Linguine (or other long pasta of choice)


2 Tbs. neutral, high heat oil (we use Avocado oil)

4-6 anchovies

3-5 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped

3 oz. bottle of capers, drained

12 oz. canned tuna (preferably canned in quality olive oil), drained

1/2 cup fresh dill, finely chopped

1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

Lemon Vitality essential oil


In a pot of boiling water that’s salted like the ocean, cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente. When draining, save 1.5 cups pasta water.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the anchovies and cook until they almost disappear into the oil. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add capers and lightly fry them until they blossom (open up and start to crisp up).

Once the capers are crisped up, add the tuna and break it up with your spoon or spatula. Add half the pasta water and stir to combine. Add pasta and fresh herbs and gently toss. If the pasta is dry, add the reserved pasta water until it is the consistency that you would like. Add any additional salt, if needed.

Now add Lemon Vitality essential oil a few drops at a time until it tastes right to you. Start slow, 2-3 drops, and taste. If it needs more, add more! Lemon oil is super refreshing and boosts the flavor of anything it’s added to. It really makes this pasta taste like summer. Drizzle a little high quality olive oil over the top once the pasta is served for a little extra decadence.

When it comes to ingesting oils y’all, remember that quality matters. I personally wouldn’t use just any oil to put into the food I cook for my family. Definitely not the ones from Target or other online companies. Young Living has the Seed to Seal promise and I feel so safe ingesting their oils. Did you know that Young Living doesn’t even use land to grow their plants if it has been treated with pesticides in the last 50 years?! That’s what I mean friends…it matters to me how my oils are made.

I hope y’all try this pasta, even during these warm , summer months. It is so light and tastes like the ocean in the best way possible. And don’t be afraid of the anchovies. They won’t taste fishy; they just give this dish a nutty je ne sais quoi. Plus, the Italian in my family really likes it 🙂

xo friends