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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 2, 2022

Healthy CREAMY Pasta with Tuna & Spinach | 30 Minute ONE-PAN Recipe

This Healthy Creamy Pasta with Tuna & Spinach is packed with flavors, easy to make and done in just 30 minutes. But the best part? It´s a one-pan pasta dish. Meaning the pasta get´s cooked in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients, giving it the most incredible flavor.

Healthy Creamy Pasta with Tuna & Spinach
To give this pasta that beautiful creamy texture, I used plain Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. The secret is to add the yogurt in at room temperature, otherwise it can easily curdle. I used low-fat, but you can use full fat or even non-fat.

Healthy Creamy Pasta with Tuna & Spinach
For the pasta I used penne pasta. But you can use any type of thick cut pasta you like. The spinach I used was bagged spinach, but frozen spinach can be used here as well. Just make sure to fully thaw it out and pat it completely dry.

Healthy Creamy Pasta with Tuna & Spinach

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Before you add in the Greek yogurt, make sure to let the pasta slightly cool off. This dish can be reheated on a low heat with a little broth added, to keep the creamy texture and for the yogurt to not curdle.

Healthy Creamy Pasta with Tuna & Spinach

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Healthy CREAMY Pasta with Tuna & Spinach

Healthy CREAMY Pasta with Tuna & Spinach
4.67 from 3 votes

Healthy CREAMY Pasta with Tuna & Spinach

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 351 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 small onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 6 oz fresh spinach 175 grams
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 4 oz / 110 grams each
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 410 grams
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 1 gram
  • 1 tsp dried basil 1 gram
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .5 grams
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 540 ml
  • 8 oz penne pasta 8 oz / 225 grams
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 175 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • dash white sugar


  1. Drain the canned tuna into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, flake the tuna, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic and roughly chop the spinach

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat

  3. After 1 minute add in the olive oil from the canned tuna, the onion and garlic, mix together, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the oregano, basil and thyme, quickly mix together, then add in the can of diced tomatoes and season with sea salt, black pepper and a dash of white sugar, mix together and simmer

  4. Once the canned tomatoes have slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, add in the broth and raise to a high heat, once it comes to a boil, add in the pasta, mix every 2 to 3 minutes

  5. About 8 to 9 minutes after adding the pasta and most of the broth has been absorbed, but there is still some broth left, add in the spinach, just over the pasta, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until all the broth has been absorbed, then remove from the heat

  6. Add in the drained tuna and mix together, let it rest for a couple of minutes to sligthly cool off, then add in the Greek yogurt at room temperature, season with black pepper, mix together until well mixed, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Healthy CREAMY Pasta with Tuna & Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 409mg18%
Potassium 784mg22%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 4136IU83%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 150mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Eric V

    4 stars
    Hola, my daughter’s team mate is from Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, Espana. She will be spending Thanksgiving with us for the 2nd year and I wanted to make a nice Spanish side dish for her.
    It can be anything and doesn’t necessarily need to match our Thanksgiving giving meal. Just looking for a few ideas that will give her a home style Spanish comfort.

    Very thankful for any recipes that you can provide.
    Eric V

    12 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      You will find a ton of side dishes under the ¨tapas recipes¨ that will work perfect during the holidays 🙂 Much love

      13 . Nov . 2022
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  4. Susan Surmann

    5 stars
    My new go-to comfort food!
    Super easy to make and the fabulous aromas wafting up just as he described in the video. Loved it!

    I am fairly new to Spain on a Fork, but am loving the great recipes and the extra effort he takes to make the videos truly help get me motivated to try something new – and make delicious meals!

    Susan in Texas

    03 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Susan! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      04 . Nov . 2022
  5. Chrissy

    5 stars
    Cooked this for dinner this evening, so tasty and delicious , thank you once more for another quick easy and great recipe Albert.

    02 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      03 . Nov . 2022
  6. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and coconut yogurt i never had healthy creamy pasta with tuna and spinach before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    02 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      02 . Nov . 2022

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