Tuna & lemon pasta

Tuna & lemon pasta

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(50 ratings)

Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Whip up a delicious tuna and lemon pasta in less than 25 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal401
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.4g


  • 350g pasta shells



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

  • 200g pack trimmed fine beans, cut into short lengths
  • 200g can tuna in oil



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

  • grated zest of a lemon



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

  • 1 heaped tbsp small capers
    Capers in bowl



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

  • generous pinch of chilli flakes



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

  • olive oil for drizzling
    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. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 8 minutes. Add the beans and cook for a further 3 minutes until both the pasta and beans are just tender. Meanwhile, tip the tuna and its oil into a bowl and flake the fish, keeping the pieces quite large. Stir in the lemon zest, capers, chilli and plenty of salt and pepper.

  2. Drain the pasta and beans, return them to the pan and toss with the tuna mixture. Add a little olive oil if you need to moisten everything. Serve the tuna and lemon pasta on its own or with a tomato and onion salad.

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Sophiehendo's picture
8th Jun, 2020
I was worried this might be quite boring - I was wrong. Totally delicious and very easy. I did use two tins of tuna and add extra lemon juice, though
Pete Gaskell
7th Mar, 2019
Don't forget the parmasan! (in the photo but not ingredients).
27th Jan, 2017
Added lemon juice and doubled the amount of beans. Lovely dish, very easy.
29th Nov, 2016
This is also good made with tinned mackerel fillets Just as good cold as a salad for lunch the net day
6th Jul, 2016
Very tasty. The only down side is it's a bit dry.
Natasha Armstrong
5th Nov, 2014
This is very easy to make. I left the capers out and used mixed veg. Also had for lunch the next day
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Hale Roadie
23rd Sep, 2014
A simple & tasty dish which I make regularly that goes down well with all the family. I use fresh tuna rather than tinned due to the texture of the meat but tinned is a good substitute, I put lemon juice in as well & make double the amount as everyone wants to take some to wok as pack the next day.
4th Sep, 2013
A healthy and quick lunchtime meal. I recommend adding some of the lemon juice, if not it tastes a little bland. I know it's more expensive, but using tuna fillets instead of tuna chunks makes a big difference.
michelle_30's picture
27th Jul, 2013
I rate it a 4 star!
michelle_30's picture
27th Jul, 2013
Quick, easy and tasty dish. Also would be nice cold for lunch


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