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Lemon-y Tuna-Free Pasta Bowl

tuna pasta minus the tuna

tuna pasta minus the tuna

When I think of adding tuna to pasta recipes I think of 1980′s tuna casserole dishes – the kind I would refuse to eat. Tuna and pasta just never made sense to me. But this Tuna-Free Lemony Pasta Bowl makes perfect sense! It is tuna-inspired but actually vegan, fish-free. The faux tuna is a super easy recipe using canned, grab-and-go, garbanzo beans. This is a healthy, cravable dish for the whole family. Get this recipe and fall in love with “tuna” and pasta!..

tuna-free pasta

tuna-free pasta

Lemon-y Tuna-Free Pasta Bowl
vegan, serves 4+

1/2 package spaghetti, cooked (or any pasta variety)
1/4 cup vegan Parmesan or nutritional yeast
1/2 lemon, juiced
3-4 scoops of the “tuna” salad below
1 cup celery, chopped (or another green veggie! Cabbaga, broccoli, kale or spinach would be yummy too.)

Lemon “Tuna” Salad
1 16ounce can garbanzo beans, drained / rinsed well
1/2 large juicy lemon + pinch of zest
2-3 Tbsp garlic hummus
1 cup celery, chopped
salt + pepper to taste
optional: kelp flakes or crushed nori sheets for some fishy flavor


1. Mash your rinsed beans with a fork in a large bowl. Add the remaining “tuna” salad ingredients and toss well. Place in fridge.
2. Cook pasta. Drain. Transfer to big mixing bowl and toss with pasta ingredients.
3. Plate pasta with a few scoops of the chilled “tuna” salad on top. Pepper and parsley to garnish. Delicious chilled or warm!

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