Niçoise pasta

Niçoise pasta

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
This quick and easy pasta and tuna dish brings summer flavours to your tastebuds all year round

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal504
  • fat15g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 300g green beans
  • 350g penne
  • 3 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…

  • 2 fat garlic cloves, chopped
  • 70g can anchovies, drained and chopped



    Silver, slender salty little fish found mainly around the Black Sea and the Pacific and Atlantic…

  • 400g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • handful black olives, stoned
  • 160g can tuna, drained



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

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • handful basil leaves


  1. Trim the beans and cut in half. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add 1 tsp salt. Add the penne, bring to the boil and cook following pack instructions. Throw in the beans 5 mins before the end of the cooking time.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the garlic and anchovies, and fry gently for a couple of mins, stirring to dissolve the anchovies in the oil. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few mins until softened but not pulpy.

  3. Drain the pasta and return to the pan, then add the tomato sauce and olives. Flake in the tuna and add the lemon juice and basil. Heat through and serve.

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30th May, 2017
We make this regularly for two people and always enjoy it. I halve most of the ingredients but keep the original quantities of tuna, anchovies and lemon. (Originally because I didn't want half tins or half a lemon left over!) It works really well with a good flavour but can see how it might be bland in the original quantities.
16th May, 2016
I made this (half quantities for two) tonight and it was ok but not that exciting and a bit dry. Maybe needed more tuna perhaps.
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