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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1st Oct, 2011
Quick & tasty
18th Aug, 2011
Im not the biggest fan of tuna but decided to give this recipe a go because of all the positive reviews and im so pleased i did, it was fantastic! I tweaked it abit tho, I used peas instead of beans and as I only had tuna in brine in the storecupboard I drained it really well and added extravirgin olive oil. I also felt it needed a squeeze of the lemon aswell as the zest. I also made double so will be having it as a cold pasta salad for lunch today :)
7th Jun, 2011
Love the idea but felt there was too much pasta and not enough of the other ingredients, which made it a bit bland. Maybe halving the amount of pasta and just making it a meal for two would be better. May try again.
3rd May, 2011
really tasty and quick. I added halved cherry tomatoes and doubled the quantities for lunch the following day. Will do again and it is so easy.
11th Mar, 2011
Really really tasty! Didn't add the capers or chili flakes and was still delicious.
21st Jan, 2011
Anyone watch Hugh Fernely Whittingstalls Fish fight on Channel 4 last week or seen the Greenpeace tinned tuna league table? http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/tunaleaguetable Make sure you use pole and line caught tuna for this dish rather than that has been caught using large nets which kill dolphins, turtles and sharks as by-catch. pole and line tuna can be found at sainsbury's, marks & spencer and waitrose but unsure about the others...
29th Oct, 2010
Lovely and fresh. Very tasty and so easy. Used 2 tins of tuna (both drained) though!
22nd Oct, 2010
This is a great recipe, and I'm not even a big fan of tuna. I boiled a couple of eggs in with the pasta, and chopped them into big chunks and stirred them in too, which worked really well. Delicious.
23rd May, 2010
Really tasty a regular mid week meal
18th May, 2010
I love this recipe. Its so fantastic, me and my friend James Iverson like to experiment with oranges instead of lemon. =D


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