Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

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(54 ratings)

Ready in 30-35 minutes


Serves 4
This low fat, tasty pasta supper can be rustled up from tins and packets in the storecupboard

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal553
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs102g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre5g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.52g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes with herbs
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 500g pkt pasta bows



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

  • 100g can tuna, drained



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

  • handful of basil leaves, optional


  1. Heat the oil in a pan, throw in the onion and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, chilli and sugar. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Give it a good stir, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions. Flake the tuna into the sauce and heat through. Drain the pasta, return to the pan and stir in the sauce and basil leaves if you have any. Serve with a generous grinding of pepper.

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Comments (59)

Strawberrysquash0's picture

I made this at the weekend for a light lunch. It's great for using up store cupboard food. I omitted the sugar, just no need to add sugar. I added Black Olives, oregano and sun-dried tomatoes. As I am a veggie I dished my food up before adding the tuna to the dish and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It's quick and tasty so a perfect combination. Great for a cold lunch the next day - if you manage to leave any that is...Thank you :-)

Petawilson's picture

Pretty good: I omitted the sugar (what's that all about?) and added a smidge of peperoncino. My one and three yr olds wolfed it down. I added capers, olives and a good sprinkle of Tabasco in my portion and used tagliatelle instead of bows as the sauce clings to the pasta better and it was pretty tasty actually

milestwist's picture

Absolutely superb! A bit of cheese on the top and only 300g pasta made the perfect dish. I also added a splash of Worcester sauce to the mix which gave it a nice bit of tang. Amazing!

nikki100's picture

Just made this dinner, it's lovely, I popped a wee bit cheese on top, but did not alter at all, thanks for sharing , this will be on the menu again.

chandimadz's picture

I added some sundried tomatoes. It really lifted the flavor even more of this tasty but easy dish

fairybambina's picture

Great store cupboard recipe. Added cheese & my fussy toddler loved it too! 500g is way too much pasta 300g was more than enough

Looney76's picture

Just made this for lunch for me and my hubby. Followed the recipe exactly just with less pasta (300g). Made plenty with some left for my lunch tomorrow. Hubby added cheese but i had it as is and we both found it very tasty. Will definately make again :)

alisonl262's picture

Thus is a super quick tea and surprisingly delicious. Made using penne and lazy basil paste. Will definitely make again.

mjbrim1's picture

Really enjoyed this and even my 3 year old ate it - and he normally won't touch tuna. The only change I made was to use 300g of pasta instead of 500g. This was plenty for 2 adults and a toddler with plenty of sauce too. I even had enough for a pasta salad the next day for lunch!

marcin_kopec's picture

Very quick and easy to cook. Amazing taste !! I didn't add sugar :)
I rated it for 5 stars because I think that cannon't be done better.

shazzafly's picture

Super yummy and easy. Added some veg for extra crunch and used whole chilli instead of powder

shazzafly's picture

Super yummy and easy. Added some veg for extra crunch and used whole chilli instead of powder

shazzafly's picture

Super yummy and easy. Added some veg for extra crunch and used whole chilli instead of powder

blartman's picture

I used fresh chopped chilli and it was delicious. Also, 500g of pasta is way too much. 350g made plenty for 4 portions.

oddspod's picture

Nice meal, very quick to russle up.

clairem1308's picture

Made this for the hubby and myself for a mid week dinner very nice with loads of pepper. Also re=heated well for lunch next day. Will be making this again.

utterchaos's picture

Very quick and easy to make and tasted pretty good.

angiec_33's picture

A nice simple recipe that can be made quickly when your kids are screaming for something tasty and filling! My 4 and a half year old is majorly fussy and ate this without any questions asked. I chopped my onion as finely as possible and used garlic infused rapeseed oil for frying and passata instead of chopped tomatoes so no 'bits'. My son isn't a spice fan so no chilli but I would definitely add it for me to jazz it up. Hardly culinary genius but still tasty!

kadeyosoye's picture

My Italian friend's mum taught me this recipe 20 years ago, she added black pepper, some tomato purée and simmer for 20 mins, she also added some Parmesan cheese on top.

silmarillion's picture

Just made this for lunch as my cupboards are fairly bare (shopping day) but these are all things I have hanging around. It was very easy and really tasty! You can make it lunch or dinner sized by varying the amount of pasta you use. I'll be making this again!


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LovelyLion's picture

Use 300g of pasta, completely miss out the tuna (I feel it clashes with the tomatoes-replace with bell pepper and or courgette), Under cook the pasta by 2 minutes,-the pasta absorbs the excess moisture in the oven bake ; bake in the oven on gas mark 6 for twenty minutes covered with about 100g medium mature cheese.