Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuna and Spaghetti with Citrus Pesto

This dish is the perfect way to end a month of meals on the lighter side!  I discovered this recipe years ago, and it's been a staple of warm sunny days ever since!  I hope you'll enjoy it as much as my family does...

1 pound spaghetti

Citrus Pesto:
1 bunch fresh basil, stemmed (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1 clove garlic
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
**Or you may use one tub (about a cup) of your favorite homemade or store-bought pesto and simply add the citrus

4 6-ounce tuna steaks (swordfish is another good choice)
olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally.  Drain the pasta.

Make the pesto:  Blend all except olive oil and cheese in a food processor until finely chopped.  With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in Parmesan.  If using store-bought pesto, simply stir in the citrus zest and juices.  If mixture is quite runny, add more Parmesan to thicken.

Toss pasta with pesto.

Meanwhile, place a grill pan over medium-high heat.  Brush both sides of the fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill 3-4 minutes on each side for a 1-inch-thick steak.

Transfer the pasta to a plate and top with tuna steak.

Serves 4.

Recipe adapted from Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis.


  1. This looks yummy. My family would love this. Come visit us. We have some terrific things going on this week to share with you

  2. I wish I cook tuna as well as you. This is looks terrific. Thanks for sharing it on Foodie Friday.

  3. Hi Kate,
    This is a lovely presentation that we would just love! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Have a lovely week.