Tuna & lemon pasta

Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Whip up a delicious tuna and lemon pasta in less than 25 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal401
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 350g pasta shells



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

  • 200g pack trimmed fine beans, cut into short lengths
  • 200g can tuna in oil



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

  • grated zest of a lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 heaped tbsp small capers



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

  • generous pinch of chilli flakes



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • olive oil for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Add the beans and cook for a further 3 minutes until both the pasta and beans are just tender. Meanwhile, tip the tuna and its oil into a bowl and flake the fish, keeping the pieces quite large. Stir in the lemon zest, capers, chilli and plenty of salt and pepper.

  2. Drain the pasta and beans, return them to the pan and toss with the tuna mixture. Add a little olive oil if you need to moisten everything. Serve the tuna and lemon pasta on its own or with a tomato and onion salad.

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Comments (37)

catie74's picture

This is also good made with tinned mackerel fillets
Just as good cold as a salad for lunch the net day

juliascriv's picture

Very tasty. The only down side is it's a bit dry.

Natasha Armstrong's picture

This is very easy to make. I left the capers out and used mixed veg. Also had for lunch the next day

stevenage's picture

A simple & tasty dish which I make regularly that goes down well with all the family. I use fresh tuna rather than tinned due to the texture of the meat but tinned is a good substitute, I put lemon juice in as well & make double the amount as everyone wants to take some to wok as pack the next day.

gin1902's picture

A healthy and quick lunchtime meal. I recommend adding some of the lemon juice, if not it tastes a little bland. I know it's more expensive, but using tuna fillets instead of tuna chunks makes a big difference.

michelle_30's picture

I rate it a 4 star!

michelle_30's picture

Quick, easy and tasty dish. Also would be nice cold for lunch

lorsydors's picture

Very impressed by this dish, was really tasty and quick to make.

thechuck's picture

I won't be eating this again.... Oily, boring and very unsatisfying.

chocolicious's picture

Quick, easy delicious. I made it with gluten-free pasta and tuna in spring water rather than oil....the lemon just makes it.

chanelu's picture

Really good and simple pasta salad (we always make enough for a lunch box the next day.) The capers, lemon and chili add punch to a dish that might look boring at first glance and really tie the flavours together. Even my boyfriend, who insists he doesn't like tuna, admitted with some wonderment that this dish works precisely because of the tuna.

merlin87's picture

Perfect for a quick tasty lunch. Added some sweetcorn as I had some in the fridge that needed using up. I will be making this again.

jane_gizmo's picture

Made it during the week had it with a tomato lettuce salad with red onions on top and beets on the side, was realy nice will deffenetly make it again, also added some of the juice from the lemon.

alicewrigley's picture

This was lovely - I added sweetcorn and lemon juice and had as a packed dinner which worked very nicely.

zippiepurplemonkey's picture

Tasty, cheap and really quick - great for when you need a quick, healthy meal.

lolipig's picture

simple and easy, but not too impressive taste

vodkatot's picture

I used this as a side dish. I left out the tuna and beans. I served it with a salmon dish and salad. it was really nice..Would work well for a BBQ

pie-muncher's picture

Quick & tasty

angelal2366's picture

Im not the biggest fan of tuna but decided to give this recipe a go because of all the positive reviews and im so pleased i did, it was fantastic! I tweaked it abit tho, I used peas instead of beans and as I only had tuna in brine in the storecupboard I drained it really well and added extravirgin olive oil. I also felt it needed a squeeze of the lemon aswell as the zest. I also made double so will be having it as a cold pasta salad for lunch today :)

melissatowers's picture

Love the idea but felt there was too much pasta and not enough of the other ingredients, which made it a bit bland. Maybe halving the amount of pasta and just making it a meal for two would be better. May try again.


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