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
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  • 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



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  • 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 (61)

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!

niknoodles86's picture

Nice and easy, had not much in my cupboards. So this was great. Really enjoyed for a mid week meal.

aledwills's picture

Sooo nice, quick and easy this recipe is a must for any kitchen. We are a big family of seven and this fed us all nicely ( max 5 adults ) with comments like best I have ever had and make it again please. Its now firmly on the menu for Monday nights.

ktk102's picture

perfect for those old mother hubbard scenarios! agree let the sauce simmer a while. I used a whole fresh chilli and was just right. Was worried lack of ingredients might make it bland but not at all.

manatoo's picture

Easy, yummy recipe like my mother used to make, but I'll use less pasta and more tuna and tomato next time. Also, was out of chillis so used 1/4 tsp tabasco sauce instead, worked great!

kewg1976's picture

Really delicious and easy to make.

cocovanilla's picture

Quite nice! :) Will make again!

dutes8080's picture

Great low fat AND store cupboard recipe. Used double the amount of Tuna, I hadn't got that small a tin, and threw in a few capers - worked well and was enjoyed by all. Great standby recipe.

tashaboo's picture

Just noticed I totally forgot the basil. I love fresh basil and we had it in but on the other it was still lush without it! I altered recipe to suit my own taste, made it into a pasta BAKE with cheese and breadcrumbs which I totally recommend. For me Tuna and Tom only really work together when it's SPICY :)

sanddancerjo's picture

We all really enjoyed this dish, I cant believe my children ate a meal with chilli powder in! I made mine with wholemeal penne pasta and it went down very well, I also made a wholmeal garlic baguette.

vanialre's picture

Soooooo easy and very tasty. I liquidised the sauce as I'm, not keen on lumpy sauces - still delicious. I think I might try it with cooked chicked next time.

grindlay54's picture

Make this for a quick lunch and it went down really well with a green salad. Great standby as said before, with all store cupboard items. I blended the sauce in the pan to make it smoother and was nice and thick once reduced. Good recipe.

gill2607's picture

Very simple to make. Used the oil from the tuna tin and added some basil instead of chilli.

forcesmum's picture

VERY TASTY! Served with crusty garlic bread :) x

lurvlyloz's picture

so simple store cupboard staple. cant go wrong. excellent

tubbys's picture

yum yum really lovely all the family enjoyed

jankauskas's picture

Very quick, easy, and tasty. As others have said though, I thought 500g was far too much pasta for this recipe.

emilymargaret's picture

This is a good idea but NO WAY do you need a full 500g packet for this. I used about half to two thirds of the amount stated above and got a good ratio of sauce to pasta. Perhaps though my sauce reduced down too much.
Sauce was tasty though and very quick and easy for a Monday night. Added a few capers as they were in the fridge.

ruthy10's picture

I needed an idea for lunch to take to work, made this the night before, kept the pasta and sauce separate and reheated together at work and it tasted great. would definitely make again


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