Spicy tuna pasta

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Kids will love this easy summer pasta dish - a fishy version of spaghetti with meatballs

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal552
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.16g
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  • 2 x 185g cans tuna in spring water, drained



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • 2 spring onions, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 350g jar tomato and chilli sauce (we used Loyd Grossman), or make your own (see below)
  • ½ a 70g pack rocket, roughly chopped



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…

  • 400g spaghetti


  1. Squeeze excess water from the tuna, place in a bowl with the spring onions and egg, then stir together. Use your hands to shape into small walnut-size balls – you should get about 12.

  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, tip the tuna balls in, then cook for 5-10 mins until golden all over. Pour over the tomato & chilli sauce, then cook for 5 mins more, adding a little boiling water if the sauce looks dry.

  3. Meanwhile, boil the pasta, then drain. Stir through the sauce and most of the rocket. Serve in bowls with the tuna balls and a little extra rocket on top.

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Comments (13)

rachiebabie's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! After reading other comments I started to make the tuna balls without the egg as others found mixture to wet, however this was impossible without the egg as it was too dry to mold. After adding an egg it was perfect. I was really surprised at how tasty the tuna balls were I am now going to use the recipe for making tuna burgers!

chocolat_cookie's picture

Tastes yummm! Used crab meat instead of tuna and added a lil bit of seasoning and 1 tsp of thai red chilli paste to the fish balls mixture. While making the fish balls made sure i squeeze all the water out completely and the rolled them in a lil cornflour as suggested by others earlier before frying them. They held together very well and added a great twist to a regular arrabiata pasta!

katie_besson's picture

Lovely! didnt try to make balls though, just mixed tuna with tomato sauce, yummy!

lornachoppy's picture

Really enjoyed this recipe. did not add all the egg, so they stuck together alot more. I also roll the balls in flour, and added a green chilli to the sauce, for a bit of a kick! Excellent! Cant wait till next time!

susan7894's picture

Thanks, Marola. I could probably just substitute a flavored jarred spaghetti sauce. However, based on the other reviews, I may pass on this altogether.

marola's picture

Susan, Passata normal comes in a bottle. It is tomatoes that have been sieved. It's thicker than tomato juice and has a good concentrated taste. Sometimes it's flavoured with other things like peppers or chilli. If you can not get it, use canned tomatoes, they are just as good.

catherama1808's picture

I was a bit disappointed in this recipe - as a couple of people said balls would not stay as balls so it just ended up being can of tuna with pasta sauce poured on it.....not very exciting.

josstick's picture

Tuna balls were too wet and wouldnt stick so added some flour. Was very tasty though, and the kids loved it. Will definitely make again.

philipparoz's picture

Tasted good although it was difficult to get the tuna balls to remain balls. The mixture is far too wet to stay and even after a last resort I rolled them in flour they would not stay together. I think out of the batch I made 3 remained intact. I also added one red chilli to mine to make it spicey, I'm not sure a tomato chilli sauce has quite enough quick to call this a spicey dish. I will make it again with some variations to make the mixture firmer.

susan7894's picture

Pardon my American ignorance, is passata tomato paste?

ncsh556's picture

didnt get on with this very well. meatballs were very wet, and wouldnt stay in the ball shape. they fell apart a lot. i will try again making the meatballs in advance and put into the fridge to firm up before cooking. tastes nice though.

mikewalton1's picture

Great dish, very tasty

littleblue08's picture

This was fantastic- so tasty and a great summer dish!

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