I love pasta and meatballs, but I’ve also been trying to eat less meat, so I decided to try making this Italian classic with Tuna Meatballs. It turned out to be all the deliciousness without any of the guilt of eating too much meat.
I decided to add a little zing to my marinara to compliment the Tuna Meatballs, but if you prefer a less spicy sauce or want to use your favorite jarred variety of spaghetti sauce feel free to make the changes.
This is your dinner and it should be made the way you want it!
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What Ingredients do I need to make Tuna Meatballs?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Tuna Meatballs. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
How do I make Tuna Meatballs?
The process of making these delicious Tuna Meatballs couldn’t be easier!
In the bowl of your food processor add the tuna, garlic, basil, breadcrumbs, egg and seasonings. Pulse the mixture until fully mixed and the tuna is shredded.
Once fully combined, roll the mixture into 8 meatball shaped tuna balls
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and sear the tuna balls for 3-4 minutes. When you have some color on the tuna meatballs transfer them onto a plate and refrigerate them until needed.
*Get some color on two sides of the tuna meatballs, don’t try and sear the entire ball or it will break up.
*You can make the tuna meatballs ahead of time, refrigerated. When you’re ready add them to the sauce during the last part of the simmering stage.
Can I freeze the tuna meatballs?
Yes, you can. Let them freeze solid on a tray then place the frozen tuna meatballs into a ziplock bag or container until needed. Use within 6 weeks of freezing.
How Do I make Spicy Marinara Sauce?
- In the same pan you seared the tuna meatballs, add the olive and saute the onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes on medium heat until fragrant.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and spices to the pan.
- Bring the marinara to a light boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.*If the sauce is thick, add a little water to the pan.
- After simmering the sauce for 20 minutes, taste and re-season the sauce if needed.
- Carefully place the tuna meatballs into the sauce, spooning some of the sauce over top of the meatballs and continue simmering while the pasta is cooking.
Do I have to make a spicy marinara?
No, you don’t. You can make a regular marinara .
Wouldn’t you love to sit down to a bowl of my linguine with tuna meatballs? It’s a pasta dish you don’t have to feel guilty about.
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I was hesitant because of the tuna, but I tried it anyway because I thought it would be a good way to get some fish in the diet. They turned out fabulous and we will be enjoying these on a regular basis!
Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
Oh these were awesome and so delicious! I love tuna and hadn’t thought about using it in this way.
That was delicious. My kids licked the plates. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Super easy and tasty dinner idea. Thanks!
This is such a fantastic idea. These meatballs were much easier to put together than tuna patties. And instead of pan frying I baked them. I didn’t have to mess with them or touch them. I’ll be making these meatballs frequently and adding them to our arrabbiata sauce. We’re cutting down on meat also.
I love making meatballs but I had never made tuna ones so it was exciting for me to try something new! Thank you for sharing this recipe, My family loved them!
Ooo, this dish was amazing! I love tuna but never crossed my mind to try it in meatballs. Thanks for the recipe, it was fun to make!
So good. Effortless but so delicious. I never had tuna meatballs before! I will make them again and again. Thanks so much for the recipe.
A perfect dish to make when you want to have a meaty dish but are only using red meat a couple times a week. We really enjoyed it
I’ve never thought to make tuna meatballs, but what a great idea! The whole dish was delicious.
This tuna and linguine make the best combo! Love how easy it is to make and so comforting
Tuna is such a tasty take on classic meatballs!
our go to meal for a quick dinner and carbo loading
I am always looking for new ways to use tuna! I love this!
What an interesting idea for meatballs and great for pescatarian guests too!
These meatballs were delicious! I’ve never had tuna meatballs, but this was such a fun twist, and the spicy marinara sauce was wonderful.
I love the idea of making meatballs with tuna! Will be making this recipe very soon!
Delicious flavours in this dish – love the tuna meatballs.
I loved your Tuna Meatballs with Linguine and Spicy Marinara Sauce, it was perfect! Thanks!:)
Hi Dennis love your recipes two questions and what is 1 oregano mean and what size are the cans of tuna please?
Chef Dennis Littley
thanks for catching that, it’s one tsp of oregano and the tuna cans are 4.6 ounce cans 4 oz drained. Two of those size cans