Pasta with tuna

25 minutes
Amount Per Serving: Calories 348kcal; Carbohydrates 44g; Protein 18g; Fat 11g; Cholesterol 6mg; Sodium 241mg; Potassium 220mg Fiber 2g; Sugar 2g; Calcium: 23mg
This healthy tuna pasta recipe is full of flavour using just the basic handful of ingredients. If you’re short on fresh ingredients, this recipe is a good option for a low-cost meal.
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  • 200g pasta of any kind
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tinned salted anchovy fillets
  • 1 tin whole tomatoes, about 400g
  • 4 stems basil, with the leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon olives
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tins of tuna in olive oil, drained
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese for garnishing
  • Lemon zest


  • First heat up 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium saucepan over a medium-high flame. Add the cherry tomatoes and saute until soft. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  • Mix the minced shallot, garlic, capers and red pepper flakes in a small bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil so they don’t stick together.

  • Place the drained anchovy fillets in the food processor and blitz until smooth. Measure 4 tbsp of this mixture and set aside.

  • Add the pasta to 3 ½ cups of boiling, salted water and cook until al dente.

  • Meanwhile, heat up 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over a medium flame. Add the shallot mixture and cook for about 5 minutes or until just golden, stirring occasionally to prevent it from browning.

  • Add the minced tomatoes to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the tomatoes break down into a chunky sauce, stirring occasionally, about 5-7 minutes.

  • Mix in the anchovy sauce, olive oil, basil, vinegar and a pinch of sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Stir in the cooked pasta and check the taste. Add more pepper if necessary.

  • Mix the tuna in and cook for about 5 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally until the pasta is cooked.

  • Mix in the anchovy brine using 1-2 tbsp. Add more brine if desired.

  • Serve immediately.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese and lemon zest.

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