Bows with tuna, olives & capers

Bows with tuna, olives & capers

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
This delicious pasta recipe makes a quick and simple supper

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal677
  • fat28g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.36g


  • 400g pasta bows



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

  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 200g cans tuna, drained



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

  • 85g pitted olives, halved
    Bowl of olives



    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • small bunch flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Cook pasta following pack instructions. Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of water in the bottom of the pan.

  2. Return the pasta to the pan over a low heat, stir in the olive oil and garlic and allow to infuse for 1 min. Toss through the remaining ingredients, season and serve.

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26th Jun, 2018
Perfect recipe when I'm out of inspiration and cupboard/fridge is empty lol. I often throw peas in with pasta too. Delicious!
5th Feb, 2017
Extremely bland
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22nd Aug, 2016
Lovely as is, but even more so with a squeeze of lemon added just before serving. I'll also second the recommendation for using tuna in oil rather than in water.
6th Aug, 2014
Really lovely! Definitely needs a bit of lemon juice though!
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26th May, 2014
I love this recipe. I have made it twice. The first time I followed the recipe exactly and it was lovely. The second time I also added a handful of halved cherry tomatoes and they went very well too. I think though that tuna in oil goes better than the one in water which I tried the second time around as it made the dish a bit bland.
28th Nov, 2013
Very tasty indeed.
28th Dec, 2012
This is a brilliant recipe. The result pleasantly surprised me, given the simplicity of it. I didn't even use capers as I've never bought them before, but I will now and I'm looking forward to trying with them too.
22nd Sep, 2012
Perfect quick meal for children ! Omitted the capers. Added a light sprinkle of cheese .
15th Mar, 2011
Love this as an easy, quick meal. A great way to use up left over olives. I add last as my family dont like them but the do love this recipe. Also like with a nice cold glass of white wine!
16th Jun, 2009
Made this recipe as a sunny lunchtime meal to eat in the garden, it was lovely. Served it with a small side salad and a glass of white wine!
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