Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

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(56 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 cloves, 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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13th Oct, 2012
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.
2nd Oct, 2012
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!
28th Sep, 2012
Nice and easy, had not much in my cupboards. So this was great. Really enjoyed for a mid week meal.
14th Aug, 2012
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.
21st Jul, 2012
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.
2nd Jul, 2012
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!
18th Jun, 2012
Really delicious and easy to make.
18th Jun, 2012
Quite nice! :) Will make again!
26th May, 2012
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.
20th May, 2012
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 :)


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