Tuna Meatballs

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I know this probably sounds crazy but tuna meatballs are super delicious.  This actually just fell into place tonight when I was making dinner.  I didn’t have enough time to run out and get ground meat; Especially since around dinner time the supermarket is always packed.  So of course I started to look through my cabinets and found my tuna cans.  I start talking to myself saying “I wonder if this would work,” and began to add some of the ingredients that I usually use for meatballs.  But since this is fish I added a zest of lemon for some freshness and I also ground up some pine nuts.

I made my pasta as usual (make sure to salt the water its your only chance to season your pasta.)  I also had a jar of vodka sauce in which I added the meatballs.  Super easy and affordable meatballs.


3 cans Tuna in water, drained

1 teaspoon Lemon zest

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup Breadcrumbs

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1/2 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper flakes, optional

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoon pine nuts, grounded

Extra Virgin olive oil, for frying


Take a large bowl add all of the above ingredients except for olive oil.  Mix together and then begin to form golf size meatballs.  Next take large skillet on medium to high heat. Drizzle olive oil.  Don’t over crowd you skillet.  Fry for about 4-5 minutes until balls are golden brown, Place them on a paper towel.

After all the meatballs are fried place them into the sauce of your choice.  Simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes.  Plate and enjoy.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Athina says:

    I will be definitely trying this! 🙂

  2. Sophia says:

    Mmm this looks good, great idea! 🙂 🙂

  3. Bipasha says:


  4. Chelsey says:

    These were actually really good! So I featured it on my blog today, if that’s OK. 🙂

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