Tuna pasta with tomato sauce

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This tuna pasta recipe is one of my go to recipe whenever I need to cook something fast, tasty and healthy. I takes not longer than 15 minutes to cook and be ready to serve and it scales very well in case you do have guests.

It is my personal recipe developed over the years and it contains some of my most loved ingredients: tuna, pasta, tomatoes and chilli. I prefer to prepare this tuna pasta recipe with Fusilli, Penne or Conchiglie, but whatever type of pasta you will choose for this recipe, the taste will still be great.

Tuna pasta with tomato sauce

Easy to cook and delicios tuna pasta recipe with garlic, tomato souce and optional spicy with chilli. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare.
Course Main Course
Cuisine European
Keyword chilli, garlic, pasta, tomatoes, tuna
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 360 gr pasta of your choice
  • 300 gr tuna drained from the can – 2 cans of 200gr sould result in 300 gr of drained tuna
  • 500 ml tomatoes sauce passata works great here
  • 60 ml olive oil or other vegetable oil
  • 0.5 piece red pepper chopped
  • 1 piece medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or chopped
  • 1 chilli chopped choose depends on your personal preference, or completely omit it if spicy food is not for you
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • salt upon your taste be aware that tuna cans usually have some salt already
  • 50 gr parmesan for serving
  • fresh basil leaves for serving


  • Boil the pasta according to producer instructions (this depends very much on the type of pasta you choose) in a separate pot. This is the first step to start with since the sauce takes me less than boiling pasta process.
    360 gr pasta
  • In a pan or pot add the oil on medium heat. Be aware that the oil I used is for tuna in in brine, if you use tuna in vegetable oil, than use less oil.
  • When the oil is ready add the chopped onion and the chopped peper and saute them for few minutes until the onion is soft.
    0.5 piece red pepper, 1 piece medium onion, 60 ml olive oil
  • When the onion and pepper are done add all at once: the pepper, the salt, the sweet paprika, the minced/chopped garlic and the optional chilli.
    2 garlic cloves, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp sweet paprika, salt upon your taste
  • Mix the for about 30 seconds (no more because the parpika will caramelize otherwise) and then add the canned tuna.
    300 gr tuna
  • Mix for 30 seconds more and add the tomato sauce and bring it to boil.
    500 ml tomatoes sauce
  • The pasta should be ready already, but if not you could lower the heat for the sauce until the pasta is cooked.
  • When the pasta is cooked drain it in a pasta drainer, put it for 30 seconds under cold water and then add the pasta in the tuna tomato sauce prepared. Mix everything about 1 minute and your tuna pasta is done!

How to serve tuna pasta with tomato sauce

For one portion add 1/4 of the quantity on a plate. Top it with grated parmesan and add it basil leaves.

This tuna pasta keeps well in the fridge and you can serve it cold as well the next day. Just add it in a box and it makes a great lunch to take at work or school.

If you have this tuna pasta woth tomato sauce for dinner then I have to tell you that a rich red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon works just perfect with it.