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Miso butter Tuna with cabbage and pasta

Miso Butter Tuna with Pasta and Cabbage


We love canned Tuna in my family.  My twins put it on everything, I am sure they were seals in their past lives. So when I had this tasty meal for dinner at my stepson’s house I knew I had to make it for the dynamic duo.


This Japanese inspired dish is from the Just One Cookbook blog, It’s simple to make, and all came together in a flash.   The pasta water adds richness and the Miso and butter combine to create a tasty and creamy flavour.  This fantastic fish dish is the perfect comfort food for this bracing weather we’ve been enjoying of late (or not).


So, if you want a quick meal tonight you can’t go past this one. I am sure you have almost all of the ingredients in your pantry, so let’s get started.



  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 200g spaghetti

  • 30g unsalted butter

  • 400g green cabbage

  • 185g canned tuna in olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons miso

  • 120ml reserved pasta water

  • 5 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 5 teaspoons mirin

  • Ground black pepper according to taste


  1. In a large pot, bring 4 liters of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir well to prevent the pasta from sticking together.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare and measure the remaining ingredients: weigh the butter, measure the soy sauce and mirin, crush the garlic, shred the cabbage, open and drain the canned tuna. Set these aside.

  3. Reserve 120ml of the boiling pasta water and set it aside. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it in a sieve and set it aside.

  4. In a large pan over medium heat, cook the garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Add the shredded cabbage and sauté for a couple of minutes.

  5. Add the drained tuna, breaking it up if necessary, and stir well. Incorporate the butter, stirring until it has fully melted.

  6. Stir in the soy sauce then the mirin sauce.

  7. Add the cooked spaghetti to the pan and toss everything together until well combined.

  8. Season with black pepper to taste. Serve hot.

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