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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17th Sep, 2009
sounds lovel!! cant wait tto try it!!
25th Jun, 2009
This was very tasty and summery. Didn't have green beans so used frozen peas instead. Will make again.
5th Jun, 2009
I was making this cold for lunch boxes so refresed the pasta & beans in cold water and drained the tuna and added some low fat fromage frais and lemon juice to make a dressing. Very tasty.
18th Feb, 2009
This was very easy and quick and was delicious. I used sugar snap peas instead of the beans and it was great!
30th Dec, 2008
Very nice and easy recipe. Perfect for summer. I didn't have any capers so chopped up a clove of garlic and added that with lemon zest. I'm sure it will become a family favourite!
2nd Nov, 2008
Really tasty and quick to make, an after-work favourite. It's good with loads of sea salt and roughly ground black pepper. Also works cold for lunch the next day, with an extra glug of olive oil.
1st Oct, 2008
This recipe was delicious and easy. My partner is a novice cook and he managed it without any trouble and was pleased as punch with himself with the end results.
31st Mar, 2008
Most of the ingredients are already in the cupboard so that's a great help and the family love it.
25th Jan, 2008
This is super easy and tastes fantastic. I bought the John West Reserved tuna slices in olive oil. Tasted even better!
30th Dec, 2007
Delicious light meal. I make double and take the rest in for a healthy lunch the next day.


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