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
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  • 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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10th Apr, 2013
Very impressed by this dish, was really tasty and quick to make.
5th Mar, 2013
I won't be eating this again.... Oily, boring and very unsatisfying.
11th Nov, 2012
Quick, easy delicious. I made it with gluten-free pasta and tuna in spring water rather than oil....the lemon just makes it.
26th Jul, 2012
Really good and simple pasta salad (we always make enough for a lunch box the next day.) The capers, lemon and chili add punch to a dish that might look boring at first glance and really tie the flavours together. Even my boyfriend, who insists he doesn't like tuna, admitted with some wonderment that this dish works precisely because of the tuna.
3rd May, 2012
Perfect for a quick tasty lunch. Added some sweetcorn as I had some in the fridge that needed using up. I will be making this again.
21st Apr, 2012
Made it during the week had it with a tomato lettuce salad with red onions on top and beets on the side, was realy nice will deffenetly make it again, also added some of the juice from the lemon.
17th Apr, 2012
This was lovely - I added sweetcorn and lemon juice and had as a packed dinner which worked very nicely.
17th Jan, 2012
Tasty, cheap and really quick - great for when you need a quick, healthy meal.
6th Jan, 2012
simple and easy, but not too impressive taste
5th Oct, 2011
I used this as a side dish. I left out the tuna and beans. I served it with a salmon dish and salad. it was really nice..Would work well for a BBQ


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