Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

Pasta with tuna & tomato sauce

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(82 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



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 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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22nd Apr, 2010
Just made this for the family, added extra chilli, some italian cheese and two peppers and it was a big hit. Will definitely do it again. Quick, easy, cheap and very very tasty - you can't ask for more than that to feed a hungry family.
4th Apr, 2010
Very nice I added some extra chilli flakes and changed the recipe for more tuna and tomato and less pasta.
20th Nov, 2009
this was much nicer than i thought it would be. i don't normally touch tuna but will start having this more. I melted mozzerella cheese into it, but it didn't really need it, the sugar gives it that little bit of sweetness & tastes lovely with it!!
11th May, 2009
just had this dish 4 dinner, simple and tasty. At the end of stage one i blended the ingredients, as my son hates bits...worked well. I used hot chilli powder, it was quite spicy 4 my 3 yr old, so i quickly stired in more cheese, he ate the lot! I also used only 1tbsp of oil, and didnt use basil as didnt have any in. would work well with a rocket or tomatoe&onion salad. I will be having this dish again
27th Mar, 2009
Really struggling to feed my 17mth old new dishes, but she loves pasta, so added some sweetcorn and peas and she wolfed it down. Success!!
13th Jan, 2009
It was absolutely gorgeous! It was really easy to make and I will definately be making it again.. I think that i will add some olives and some moserella next time - i think that would just finish off the bursts of flavour1
10th Nov, 2008
I often make this with a cheese and tomato sauce. For a treat, a topping of crunched up crisps and grated cheese stuck under the grill for a couple of minutes is fantastic. I'll try sticking the garlic in next time, haven't tried that. Thanks!
3rd Nov, 2008
Lovely blend of flavours but this was too much pasta and not enough tuna and tomato (which would make it healthier, along with skipping the sugar).
15th Oct, 2008
Very easy and very yummy, will definately be making again.
8th Sep, 2008
added a touch of mascarpone to the sauce, lovely :) Will definitely make again.


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