Storecupboard pasta salad

Storecupboard pasta salad

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(39 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins


Serves 2
This pasta salad makes a quick and healthy lunch, or is perfect prepared ahead for a picnic or lunchbox

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal189
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.91g
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  • 2 tsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp caper



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • 1 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 185g can of tuna in spring water, drained



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

  • 100g leftover pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 3 sundried tomato, chopped


  1. Mix the onion, capers, pesto and oil. Flake the tuna into a bowl with the pasta and tomatoes, then stir in the pesto mix.

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Comments (38)

DaisyBulldog's picture

Fabulous quick and easy recipe! We include sweet corn in our version

Strawberrysquash0's picture

This is quick, easy and very tasty. I'm a veggie so missed out the tuna but added chopped fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and feta cheese. It's a great alternative to sandwiches and really filling. A great way to use up the bits in the fridge so that it tastes different every time. Will definitely make again :-).

veggie0517's picture

Love the recipe, often use it to make lunches for my partner who is on a calorie controlled diet and he finds it very tasty. However, I've researched the nutritional info and 50g of white fusilli pasta alone equals around 180 calories, so this seems incorrect which is disappointing.

triciaroo's picture

It refers to "leftover" pasta so I'm assuming that's the cooked weight. The calorie info you've quoted is for 50g of uncooked pasta.

woolylegs's picture

Great recipe if calorie counting!

jeanieh's picture

I love this recipe! I make it for my lunch a lot and have made it for picnics as well. I like it best cold. It's a nice change and healthy too.

rosievimes's picture

Simple and tasty, perfect for your lunchbox. I'm a huge fan of pesto so this was always going to be a winner for me. Would consider adding a few olives next time, but really it's great as it is.

nicksmith6666's picture

A really delicious and tasty pasta dish and healthy to, one of the best pasta dishes I have had.

richardwarwicker's picture

Great Lunch, We used 1 Tbsp Pesto mixed with 2 tsp of Mayo and 1 tsp of oil due to lack of other ingredients. My 18 month old loved it and licked the plate once she'd eaten all the food, a sign she enjoyed it!

lzallen's picture

great for lunch

nikkimac's picture

This is an easy salad for lunch. I used salmon that's what I had. will make again.

sasacemesova's picture

easy to make, tastes good. I used real tomatoes instead of dry tomatoes and it was just as good.

nat-ah-li's picture

A nice change for a lunch. The quantities are two small however, 100g of pasta isn't enough for two portions. Strangely when you increase the pasta you don't really need to increase the other elements as they compliment the dish well. Adding capers is a really good suggestion.

chelsie-bake123's picture

mmm just made this for my lunch!! was delish! used cucumber and fresh plum tomatoes too!!...sooo good x

hiphopholly's picture

its ok but good for guide camp

serenaallan's picture

I've made this loads of times, but use a tin of 'no drain' tuna in sunflower oil. There's just enough oil to keep it all moist.

irenemorrill's picture

Very easy very tasty, I used anchovies instead of tuna as I did not have tuna!

pennymiller's picture

This sounds really nice,But i think i will replace the tuna with chicken breast chunks and sundried tomatoes instead of the capers not a lover of these.I will let you know how it tastes.

pampark's picture

Anybody got any ideas what I could add to this instead of tuna? I'm veggie, so would like to add an alternative source of protein - maybe roast marinated tofu?

bighungrystone's picture

This is absoluately gorgeous! I've made it on numerous occasions and love it every time, even my husband who has a thing about salads!


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