Tuna Pasta: A Classic Comfort Dish

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  • Serving: 4
  • Prep time: 10 m
  • Cook time: 15 m
  • Ready in: 25 m
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Tuna pasta is a timeless and versatile dish beloved worldwide. Ideal for a quick, nutritious meal, it combines the rich flavors of tuna with the heartiness of pasta, all enveloped in a delightful sauce. This recipe offers an original take on the classic, ensuring both simplicity and a burst of flavors.


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Total Nutritional Values

240 grams
80 grams
60 grams
15 grams
20 grams
Vitamins & Minerals
High in B-Vitamins
High (due to capers


  • 1-Cook the Pasta

    Boil the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water for later use and drain the pasta.

  • 2-Sauté Aromatics

    In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, sautéing until translucent.

  • 3-Add Tuna and Vegetables

    Add the drained tuna, breaking it into chunks. Stir in cherry tomatoes, black olives, and capers. Cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes start to soften.

  • 4-Combine Pasta and Tuna Mixture

    Add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss everything together, adding a splash of reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce.

  • 5-Season and Serve

    Squeeze lemon juice over the pasta, season with salt and pepper, and toss again. Serve hot, garnished with fresh basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, if desired.

  • Conclusion

    This tuna pasta recipe is not only easy to prepare but also offers a wholesome and satisfying meal option, perfect for busy weeknights or a comforting weekend treat.

Smart Tips

  • Quality of Tuna: Opt for tuna in olive oil for richer flavor and a more tender texture.

  • Pasta Choice: Use pasta shapes that can hold the sauce well, like penne or fusilli.

  • Reserving Pasta Water: Always reserve some pasta water before draining. It's starchy and salty, perfect for adjusting the consistency of your sauce.

  • Lemon Zest for Extra Zing: Adding lemon zest along with the juice brings an extra layer of freshness and zing to the dish.

  • Don’t Overcook Tuna: Tuna should be just heated through to maintain its texture and prevent it from becoming dry.

  • Fresh Herbs for Garnish: Fresh basil or parsley not only adds color but also a fresh, aromatic touch.

  • Cheese Topping: While optional, a sprinkle of Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese can add a savory depth to the pasta.

  • Adaptable to Preferences: Feel free to add other ingredients like spinach, mushrooms, or bell peppers for extra nutrition and flavor.

  • Storage and Reheating: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat gently, adding a splash of water to refresh the sauce.

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