Tuna & lemon pasta

Tuna & lemon pasta

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(36 ratings)

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 (36)

helenrlove's picture

Really really tasty! Didn't add the capers or chili flakes and was still delicious.

apples99's picture

Anyone watch Hugh Fernely Whittingstalls Fish fight on Channel 4 last week or seen the Greenpeace tinned tuna league table?


Make sure you use pole and line caught tuna for this dish rather than that has been caught using large nets which kill dolphins, turtles and sharks as by-catch. pole and line tuna can be found at sainsbury's, marks & spencer and waitrose but unsure about the others...

ann-mariehumphries's picture

Lovely and fresh. Very tasty and so easy. Used 2 tins of tuna (both drained) though!

j_alexandra_roberts's picture

This is a great recipe, and I'm not even a big fan of tuna. I boiled a couple of eggs in with the pasta, and chopped them into big chunks and stirred them in too, which worked really well. Delicious.

scarer's picture

Really tasty a regular mid week meal

owenrocks23's picture

I love this recipe. Its so fantastic, me and my friend James Iverson like to experiment with oranges instead of lemon. =D

pcoleman's picture

sounds lovel!! cant wait tto try it!!

blue_sphere's picture

This was very tasty and summery. Didn't have green beans so used frozen peas instead.

Will make again.

eleanormayo's picture

I was making this cold for lunch boxes so refresed the pasta & beans in cold water and drained the tuna and added some low fat fromage frais and lemon juice to make a dressing. Very tasty.

brendacondie's picture

This was very easy and quick and was delicious. I used sugar snap peas instead of the beans and it was great!

suzanneing's picture

Very nice and easy recipe. Perfect for summer. I didn't have any capers so chopped up a clove of garlic and added that with lemon zest. I'm sure it will become a family favourite!

peskypeeza's picture

Really tasty and quick to make, an after-work favourite. It's good with loads of sea salt and roughly ground black pepper. Also works cold for lunch the next day, with an extra glug of olive oil.

kellyfinn1's picture

This recipe was delicious and easy. My partner is a novice cook and he managed it without any trouble and was pleased as punch with himself with the end results.

angelden4's picture

Most of the ingredients are already in the cupboard so that's a great help and the family love it.

nicolajewell's picture

This is super easy and tastes fantastic. I bought the John West Reserved tuna slices in olive oil. Tasted even better!

natashajoyner's picture

Delicious light meal. I make double and take the rest in for a healthy lunch the next day.


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