Tuna arrabbiata pasta gratin

Tuna arrabbiata pasta gratin

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(36 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

This wholesome and filling pasta bake makes the perfect winter comfort food.

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal365
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre9g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.75g
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  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • pinch crushed dried chillies



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 50g mixed pitted olives, whole or roughly chopped (optional)
    Bowl of olives



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

  • pinch caster sugar
  • 250g wholemeal pasta shapes



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

  • 2 x 200g cans tuna steak in spring water, drained and flaked
  • 25g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan



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


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the peppers for about 5 mins until starting to caramelise. Add the garlic and chillies, cook for 30 secs, then tip in the tomatoes and olives (if using). Season, add a pinch of sugar, bring to the boil, then simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Heat the grill. Drain the pasta and mix into the tomato sauce, along with the tuna. Tip into a large ovenproof dish. Mix the breadcrumbs and Parmesan together and scatter over the top. Grill for 3-4 mins or until the topping is crisp and golden. Serve with a green salad, if you like.

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Will Davies's picture
Will Davies
18th Oct, 2018
Very tasty and easy meal, cheap too if you leave out the olives.
madmrsmonkey's picture
28th May, 2018
Tasty easy meal that all the family enjoy. I double the olives as there’s hardly any as per the recipe, is nice with just extra mature cheddar if you don’t have Parmesan.
21st Mar, 2017
Easy mid week meal - had leftovers for lunch the next day cold
9th Nov, 2016
Thanks to earlier suggestions added red onion and anchovies and omitted the breadcrumbs as I didn't have any and the result was delicious. Easy to make and would do again.
4th Mar, 2015
it's a easy and very good recipe! I suggest buy the ingredients on the web-site www.italiagroceries.com. where you can do shopping on-line of originally and typically Italian products! I've buy many things, they are honesty. Italian cuisine is the best cuisine in the world!
10th Mar, 2013
Loved it,and it looks good too. Do with nice salad, freezes really well. Will do again.
22nd Feb, 2013
Easy midweek meal, and tasted better than expected! The topping seemed to add significantly to the simple tuna arrabiata which I often knock out anyway. I added an onion with the peppers, white pasta penne instead of wholemeal (although I suspect wholemeal would be good but I was after speed of cooking!) and a generous dollop of tomato purée. Husband raved about it! A quick win!
7th Aug, 2012
A delicious recipe that's easily adaptable to what you've got in the cupboard - I added onions and chopped anchovy fillets as I had some that needed using, replaced the wholemeal pasta with white, the chopped tomatoes with passata, and the parmesan with cheddar, and it was still really tasty, and very quick and simple to make.
20th Jun, 2012
The first attempt was rather bland, but with some modifications - adding corriander, mushrooms and an onion - it became more flavoursome. A simple dish that is quick to cook.
19th Jun, 2012
Good food! Simple easy and tasty..


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