Linguine with Tuna & Spinach; lock-down projects

Another lock-down recipe.

Even fish-hating mon mari is starting to miss having fresh fish every week.

And we are both missing fresh vegetables and fruits.

I’m not avoiding them out of concern that they may be contaminated with the virus.

I’m avoiding them because I don’t trust the staff packing my groceries to be as picky about it as I am.

For example: I normally select potatoes individually. Because mon mari is a T1 diabetic we carefully control the carbs he eats. He needs to know how many so he can take the appropriate insulin. I’ve gotten very good at picking out 5oz potatoes. I’ve ordered potatoes twice now, since lock-down. The first bag we got had tiny potatoes and huge potatoes…. nothing in between. The second bag was all small. I weigh them and get the right combination and there are leftovers.

I’ve also ordered carrots twice…. how can anyone mess up carrots? The first batch was barely edible – old, hollow spots, gray spots, etc. The next time I ordered organic and they are perfect…. Expensive, but perfect.

For now we are eating frozen vegetables and canned fruit. Actually, it’s kind of a fun change….

And canned or packaged fish (canned tuna, packaged smoked salmon).

This week is another tuna and noodle dish.

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Linguine with Tuna & Spinach

This is an easy, pantry (and freezer) skillet dinner in just 30 minutes. Double or triple as needed.

  • Author: KateLZ
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 8oz (240gr) frozen spinach
  • 8oz (240gr) tuna, net weight
  • 2 cups )15oz, 450gr) tomatoes, chopped, with juices
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) green olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60gr) roasted red pepper (pimiento) chopped
  • 3/4 cup (3oz, 90gr) shredded cheese
  • 4oz (120gr) linguine


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain
  • Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add onions, garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. 
  • Add tomatoes, juices, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add spinach (no need to thaw) and simmer 10 minutes longer, stirring to combine spinach with tomatoes.
  • Add tuna, red pepper and heat through. 
  • Add pasta, olives, cheese and toss to combine – either in the skillet or in a large bowl. Serve


My spinach is whole leaves so I partially thaw it, then slice through a few times with a sharp knife. If you have a large jar of roasted peppers, just refrigerate and use within 3 – 4 days.

Keywords: linguine, tuna, spinach

Linguine with Tuna and Spinach

In other news…. I finished the spring cleaning,

Okay, to be honest, I didn’t finish it…. I just quit. I hate cleaning and I can only do so much.

I have a system that works for me. I’m always industrious when I start, but fade (get bored) as time goes on. So spring and fall, when I do the serious cleaning, I start with a different room and change the order of rooms cleaned. That way, the first room gets a thorough cleaning and the last room…. not so much. Over the course of time it all gets done.

Don’t tell my mother.

My next project is this blog. I won’t explain all the technical stuff, but I there are things that need doing / fixing that I’ve been putting off. As lock-down appears to be lasting at least another few weeks now seems like a good time.

Please let me know if things start going crazy and have patience while I get it sorted out.

When I get frustrated there’s always hoeing…..

8 thoughts on “Linguine with Tuna & Spinach; lock-down projects”

  1. I hate cleaning as well. I get very bored with it after awhile.

    Your recipe looks delicious! I wouldn’t have thought to try this. And I also don’t like ordering fresh veggies if I can help it. Some of them that I’ve gotten when I’ve done a pick up order have been less than…ready for the compost. Makes me wonder if they shop for their own families that way. Frozen veggies are a wonderful thing 🙂

    • I’m very happy with the frozen veggies – and the canned fruit. Ironically, it’s a treat for us to have canned peaches or pears as it’s something I would never normally buy. Childhood memories for both of us. (home-canned, of course). Life is too short to waste cleaning stuff that will be dirty again in seconds. Dogs, mowing grass….

  2. Hey Katie – wow on the fresh veggies/fruits being not to your liking. I know for myself, I have a scale, and just weigh out the potatoes I buy. Because it’s more expensive to buy them individually, I just buy a bag of them, but maybe in France they don’t sell them there like we have in Canada/USA?

    I’ve got sailing friends, from Nova Scotia, currently in lock down off the coast of Martinique. They are at anchor, not allowed to leave their boat except for necessities, and one person at a time. Due to how Martinique is for getting in supplies (we’ve been there before when fuel for cars was limited), currently this couple on their boat, their oven/stove top works on propane … Martinique does not sell that … only butane (ask hubby he’ll explain the difference). They had enough propane to see them through in a normal sailing season, but past few weeks, they have fresh pastries, bread, etc. being delivered by a little boat. They must have $$$ to eat like that, but they do make good food in Martinique as it’s French.

    Okay, that’s about it. I won’t tell your Mum about the tuna or your house cleaning (I am your twin in that area, I start, then get fed up … it’ll get done eventually). Oh and if you’re like us, we’re getting a little Victory Garden going in our backyard, so we can grow our own veggies! Now if only we could grow wheat!!!

    • One of the potatoes in the bag I bought was almost 500gr – way too much for the 2 of us lol. We’re adjusting…. What a challenge to be stuck on a boat with limited resources. At least they (should) have good weather.
      I’ll be glad when my garden starts producing…. at the moment the slugs seem to be enjoying my lettuce seeds and it will be awhile before there are courgette….

  3. Wonders never cease and we now have supermarkets doing home deiveru but like you I like to choose my own fruit and vegetables

    • They say they do home deliveries here – but there is never a time available. I’m happy to pick it all up at the ‘Drive’ Still I don’t trust the fresh stuff

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