Zucchini and Tuna Pappardelle

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 35 mins

Think of this recipe as a roadmap - salmon or chicken work as well as the tuna, as does any shorter pasta. This recipe goes together quickly once you start cooking, so have everything ready to go. I do not recall where I got this recipe. I always use low-sodium broths.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the zucchini into ribbons and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots or onions, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and saute until golden, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add wine and cook until it is almost all evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broth and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to medium, add the cream and simmer until just thickened., 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Add the peas and cook 1 minute.
  7. Add the 1/2 cup cheese and the tuna and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Drain the pasta, reserving a few tablespoons of the cooking water, and add the pasta and reserved cooking water to the skillet.
  9. Add the zucchini, 3 tbl chives, and lemon juice, and toss gently. Correct seasonings.
  10. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with remaining chives and 2 tbl parmesan.
Most Helpful

Although I took your advice and thought roadmap, I did actually stick largely to recipe, my only ' changes ' were to use penne, since I didn't have pappardelle (but another time I would rather use the pappardelle, I think it would complement this dish very well), and chicken rather than tuna, simply because I'm not very fond of tuna, and even the smell is a bit off-putting. I think tuna would be excellent in this though, it would really lend itself to blend with the other ingredients and flavours. I loved the use of zucchini ribbons, and all in all, we really enjoyed this easily prepared dish, rich and tasty, an excellent pasta dinner. Thanks duonyte, made for PRMR tag game

Karen Elizabeth August 25, 2011

I did cut the recipe in half, for my DS and I, and other than using shallots, vegetable broth, and left out the salt, made as written. Ending result was a nice light, vibrant lunch that we enjoyed. Made for 1-2-3 hits.

weekend cooker August 30, 2012

I really enjoyed this! The only changes I made were to add two cloves of minced garlic along with the shallots; and to use nonfat condensed milk instead of cream. It turned out beautifully, and we enjoyed every bite. I really loved the fact that the texture of the zucchini ribbons was so similar to the pasta strands; it made me feel like I was eating far more pasta than I really was. Since I had fettuccine noodles instead of pappardelle, I used a julienne cutter to match the thinner shape instead of just a vegetable peeler. I used canned tuna, as written, but would also love to try this with salmon- possibly even smoked salmon. Overall, a great recipe, and I'm very glad to have tried it!

IngridH May 24, 2012