Spaghetti pasta with tuna

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Time 20 Minutes
  • 400g spaghetti pasta
  • 185g canned tuna in oil, drained and broken up into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons (40ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small chilli, finely chopped
  • 10 salted capers, rinsed, drained, chopped
  • 400g Italian canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 basil leaves, torn
  • Sea salt

How to Make It
Step 1

Place a large pot with water on high heat and bring to the boil. Add a pinch of salt and spaghetti pasta to the boiling water and cook until ‘al dente’ – refer to the cooking time specified in pasta packet instructions.

Step 2

Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and chilli. Cook for a few minutes, stirring, or until the onion softens.

Step 3

Add the tuna to the frying pan and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the capers and chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well with a wooden spoon, cooking for a further 2 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 tablespoon (20ml) of the pasta cooking liquid. Add the pasta and reserved cooking water to the frying pan with tuna sauce and toss well over the heat for 1 minute to soak up lovely flavour, then remove from the heat. Add the parsley and toss to combine. Divide the pasta among serving bowls. Add the finishing touch by sprinkling freshly torn basil leaves on top – Buon appetito.


Easy & delicious recipe. Thank you.


This was delicious. I cooked up 1 1/2 zucchini & added to onion, & a lg tablespoon of Calabrian diced peppers & some Italian olives, & sun dried tomatoes. Also used 2 4 oz cans of Portofino tuna. Served with focacsia bread--delicious! Wish I had doubled the recipe.

Barbara Shryack
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