Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

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(83 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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28th Mar, 2019
Our kids love this sauce, we add a can of mackerel in tomato sauce because it really adds to the flavour and it's good for you, sometimes we add capers and olives
nino caprice's picture
nino caprice
20th Mar, 2019
Quick and easy meal, perfect for lunch!
Lesya Iarmosiuk's picture
Lesya Iarmosiuk
26th Aug, 2018
Quick, tasty, and easy!
Tatija's picture
30th Jan, 2018
Just cooked this receptor for my lunch. Absolutely delicious! Will most definitely repeat it.Thank you!
25th Nov, 2016
I have just made this for our dinner tonight, (I made it to hot) with to much chilli, it was lovely, I followed the recipe to a t, Other comments state about the no use off suger, suger is added to the acid out off the tomatos, tomato purée can be used to. Deffo on my menu for a quick and easy dinner, with cupboard ingredience.
11th Jul, 2016
I made this at the weekend for a light lunch. It's great for using up store cupboard food. I omitted the sugar, just no need to add sugar. I added Black Olives, oregano and sun-dried tomatoes. As I am a veggie I dished my food up before adding the tuna to the dish and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It's quick and tasty so a perfect combination. Great for a cold lunch the next day - if you manage to leave any that is...Thank you :-)
25th Nov, 2016
Suger is added to take away the acid from th tomatos, u can also use tomato purée.
25th Nov, 2016
Suger is added to take away the acid from th tomatos, u can also use tomato purée.
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2nd Dec, 2015
Absolutely superb! A bit of cheese on the top and only 300g pasta made the perfect dish. I also added a splash of Worcester sauce to the mix which gave it a nice bit of tang. Amazing!
21st Jul, 2015
Just made this dinner, it's lovely, I popped a wee bit cheese on top, but did not alter at all, thanks for sharing , this will be on the menu again.


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6th May, 2015
Use 300g of pasta, completely miss out the tuna (I feel it clashes with the tomatoes-replace with bell pepper and or courgette), Under cook the pasta by 2 minutes,-the pasta absorbs the excess moisture in the oven bake ; bake in the oven on gas mark 6 for twenty minutes covered with about 100g medium mature cheese.
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