Penne with a punchy tuna sauce 2016

Penne with a punchy tuna sauce

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

This quick, zesty supper is packed with Mediterranean flavours. Leftovers will keep well for lunch the next day

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal537
  • fat14g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre7g
  • protein34g
  • salt2.1g


  • 350g penne
  • 1 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…

  • 5 tbsp caper, drained, rinsed and patted dry with kitchen paper
    Capers in bowl



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

  • 185g jar pitted black olives, drained and roughly chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 2 x 200g tins tuna in spring water, drained



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

  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • ½ small pack basil, leaves picked



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the penne for 1 min less than pack instructions. Drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water, and leave the pasta in the colander.

  2. Heat the oil in the same pan you cooked the pasta in over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the capers and stir to coat in the oil. When the capers start to pop, reduce the heat and add the olives, lime zest and juice and tuna. Stir together, then return the pasta to the pan with the reserved cooking water. Stir through the Parmesan and basil and season with black pepper.

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27th Nov, 2017
Won't blow you away but a good store cupboard standby that is easily adaptable to serve 1. my 12 year old makes this for himself and adds a chilli
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1st Feb, 2017
I finished in under 20 minutes but add in courgette and you could carry on forever
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