Spaghetti with tomato, chilli & tuna salsa

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4

A speedy spaghetti supper that you can throw together with minimum shopping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal404
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.52g
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  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 small red onion or ½ a medium one
  • 500g fresh tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    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 red chilli
  • 140g tin tuna in brine, drained



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


  1. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling water according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and tomatoes and put in a large pan with the oil. Halve, deseed and finely chop the chilli, then add to the pan. Gently heat through for a few mins, stirring well.

  2. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, then break up the tuna and add to the pan. Season if you like, then toss well and serve.

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Comments (17)

catie74's picture

Very quick and easy. My 11 year old loves making this for his friend. We half the recipe and he uses a small can of chopped tomatoes instead of fresh and also adds black olives

Nicola1134's picture

Just made this and it was delicious. My dad suggested using plum tomatoes for a stronger flavour. I also used two red chilli's and left the seeds in... still could have been hotter! Will make this again.

Nicola1134's picture

Can I keep the seeds in to make it hotter?

vlatus's picture

Chose this as needed a quick dinner tonight. I used a tin of chopped tomatoes and added basil and Parmesan and it was delicious.

hammyhob's picture

The simple things in life are best... This was lovely, light and easy to make. Ideal for packed lunch or if you don't want a big heavy dinner. Will defo be added to my weekly menu thanks

miss_sarahlouise's picture

This has become a standard regular meal in our house and hubby and 2 year old live it and we always have 3 clean plates scratching for more! We amended the above slightly: we use fresh tuna cut into chunks; tinned tomatoes, a large red onion, and always have Parmesan on top, it's delightful and so tasty you wouldn't believe it's so good for you!! It's always best with a fresh chilli but dried chilli flakes are a more than acceptable replacement if we haven't got any fresh ones in. Fab dinner! :-)

glasgow's picture

my husband just made this and it was fab - he used a tin of tomatoes instead of fresh and added some basil - lovely

alisonpg's picture

Simple, quick and tasty. We also added some halved green olives and used canned chopped tomatoes because we didn't have any fresh ones in.

feefeela's picture

Quick and easy to make - tastes nice a fresh.

rowheldew's picture

really basic,easy to cook meal went down a treat,added sweetcorn and peppers to it, would def make again and recommend.

stellaman1664's picture

this went down well in the slave kitchens of chateaux daddachef.
try using tuna in spring water, then add sea salt and black pepper to taste. a use of mixed olives also adds flavour. finally leave in the chilli seeds for a warm satisfying afterglow!

caroleleo6's picture

Very tasty, changed it slightly by adding corgette's mushrooms and capers. Will definately use this recipe again

hedgehog77's picture

I've made something very similar to this using a carton of passata. I essentially follow the above recipe (but without tomatoes) and I put in the passata last. Its a very easy and quick dish and tastes lovely. Also add some halved black olives- that sets it off nicely!

malfew's picture

Love this recipe nice and easy and quick too. I used my own tomato sauce with basil and paprika which was in the fridge.

noodlenest's picture

Just made this - extremely quick and very tasty - it doesn't look that apetising when you first put it together but the end result is a delicious quick meal! I used dried chilli flakes instead of fresh chillis and it turned out just as well.

katieluvbunny's picture

A very easy and tasty recipe, I added some chopped black olives, delicious!

sifreynir's picture

This is a easy and tasty standby. Have made this quite a few times now when I just don't know what to cook, or we have got in late.

Questions (2)

Nicola1134's picture

Why do we have to remove chili seeds? Can we keep them in?

Nicola1134's picture

Can I keep the seeds in to make it hotter?

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