Cheap & Cheerful Tuna Meatballs & Veggie “Fettucine”

Tuna-Meatballs-and-Vegie-Fettucine-webYou wouldn’t think that a can of tuna could produce this, would you?  Low fat, low carbs, gluten free (if you want them to be), easy, cheap and surprisingly tasty!

I have adapted this recipe from one of the trashy mags that I was flicking through while getting the grays covered up, takes a long time these days!  I’m sorry that I didn’t keep a record of which one so can’t credit them.

The original recipe was to serve with spaghetti and to use breadcrumbs to bind the meatballs together so feel free to do that.  I used veggie strips instead of pasta and LSA instead of breadcrumbs to make the meal gluten free.  I also made my own tomato pasta sauce (recipe up soon) but a jar of good tomato pasta sauce is also fine to use.


The recipe serves 4 takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook.  My kids would have preferred pasta than the vegie stips but we had a discussion on “you get what you get and you don’t get upset”, I promised next time they could have pasta instead and they ate the meal!

Photo’s below of the method if you need them

Tuna Meatballs & Vegie “Fettucine” – Gluten Free


  • 425 g can tuna
  • 3/4 C LSA (Linseed, Sunflower & Almond meal) or breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 500 g jar tomato pasta sauce (will post my homemade recipe shortly)
  • 2 carrots, peeled in strips
  • 2 zucchini, peeled in strips
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • parmesan, grated to serve


  1. In a large bowl combine tuna, LSA, eggs, parsley, and lemon zest. Mix well and then scoop out with a tablespoon bits of mixture and then roll into balls
  2. In a large fry pan, heat oil on a medium heat and put in balls. Cook the balls for 4 - 5 minutes turning on all sides or until golden.
  3. Add the pasta sauce and bring to a simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil then add the carrot & zucchini strips and broccoli, cook for 2 minutes. Drain
  5. Serve meatballs on a bed of the vegies and sprinkle with parmesan

Tuna-meatballs-raw-webTuna mix combined in bowl


Meatballs in the pan


 With the sauce added

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4 comments on “Cheap & Cheerful Tuna Meatballs & Veggie “Fettucine”

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    September 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    We’re love tuna hard in this house and these look amazeballs! I’m desperate to get a spiralizer and when I do, this is what I’m going to serve with my zoodles! Yumbo!

    • Vicki
      September 29, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      I want a spiralizer too, on my Christmas list!

  2. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    October 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Yummo!!! What a fab recipe. Gosh you must be one super busy lady this weekend! Enjoy!! Thanks for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

    • Vicki
      October 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Lucy & I hope all is going well with you xx

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