Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

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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

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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
  • 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 (58)

gumblina's picture

lovely stuff! I had barely any food in and needed something nice and quick to eat, this was perfect. Nice to see a storecupboard ingredient recipe that actually uses normal storecupboard ingredients like tuna and a tin of toms. Might put in more veggies next time, if I've got any!

melaniesunflower's picture

if you let the sauce simmer at a lower heat and for about 20 min it's muh thicker and not as watery.

clairem1308's picture

MMM the family and I really enjoyed this one, will most definately be having this again.

suebhart's picture

Just made this for the family, added extra chilli, some italian cheese and two peppers and it was a big hit. Will definitely do it again. Quick, easy, cheap and very very tasty - you can't ask for more than that to feed a hungry family.

carlypie's picture

Very nice I added some extra chilli flakes and changed the recipe for more tuna and tomato and less pasta.

bimbobaby's picture

this was much nicer than i thought it would be. i don't normally touch tuna but will start having this more. I melted mozzerella cheese into it, but it didn't really need it, the sugar gives it that little bit of sweetness & tastes lovely with it!!

mumpluslil-o's picture

just had this dish 4 dinner, simple and tasty. At the end of stage one i blended the ingredients, as my son hates bits...worked well.
I used hot chilli powder, it was quite spicy 4 my 3 yr old, so i quickly stired in more cheese, he ate the lot!
I also used only 1tbsp of oil, and didnt use basil as didnt have any in. would work well with a rocket or tomatoe&onion salad.
I will be having this dish again

kirsten132's picture

Really struggling to feed my 17mth old new dishes, but she loves pasta, so added some sweetcorn and peas and she wolfed it down.

british89's picture

It was absolutely gorgeous! It was really easy to make and I will definately be making it again.. I think that i will add some olives and some moserella next time - i think that would just finish off the bursts of flavour1

siobhang's picture

I often make this with a cheese and tomato sauce. For a treat, a topping of crunched up crisps and grated cheese stuck under the grill for a couple of minutes is fantastic. I'll try sticking the garlic in next time, haven't tried that. Thanks!

bluebird002's picture

Lovely blend of flavours but this was too much pasta and not enough tuna and tomato (which would make it healthier, along with skipping the sugar).

julierutland's picture

Very easy and very yummy, will definately be making again.

flikjj's picture

added a touch of mascarpone to the sauce, lovely :) Will definitely make again.

elle01527's picture

Really yummy and quick too. Def make again, and again!

jessbass's picture

One of our favourites, quick, easy and delicious, what more could you ask for....oh yeah, it's cheap to make as well. I could eat it every day.

jules85's picture

Very simple and tasty,great for those days when you have'nt had time to shop as it's real storecupboard things.

janeyhopkins4's picture

easy and tasty

ali-jane's picture

A tasty, quick and easy recipe made from store cupboard standbys.


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