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Pasta with tuna – Italian dinner ready in 10 minutes

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Pasta with tuna – healthy and hearty meal

It’s typical evening and I’m wondering what to prepare for dinner. My usual way is to open the fridge and name out loud all the ingredients we have and then collect the wishes.  Tonight wish is pasta with tuna and capers.

Pasta with tuna

I love that mix of chunky tuna bits and sour capers swimming in tomatoes sauce, When served I sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese.

Pasta with tuna
Pasta with tuna ingredients

Process of preparing it is simple and suitable for beginners.

My usual ingredients for Pasta with Tuna are:

  • Pasta (Italian portions are 80 grams per person) I recommend you use all short shapes.
  • Tuna – I have used 3 small tins (60 grams each when drained)
  • Capers (3-4 table spoons) We like capers so I’m abundant with them.
  • Onions (2 small shallots if you like a milder taste or just a normal onion if you like the
  • Parmesan cheese – grate it or scrape it in super thin slices and garnish the pasta.
  • 3 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

So let’s make the fast dinner. 🙂

Put water in a big pot and bring to boil. I speed up with using electric kettle and then just pour into the pot. Once you add pasta you will have about 9-10 minutes to prepare the tuna sauce.

Pasta with tuna
Chopped onions

Step 1

Chop the shallots (or onions – both are great) into fine pieces.

Take the frying pan (I like using the wok) and add olive oil and chopped onions.



Pasta with tuna
Onions and tuna



Step 2

Once the onions have soften up add drained tuna and let it heat up evenly over the low heat.




Pasta with tuna
Pasta with tuna mix



Step 3

Add tomatoes chunks and stir all together. Give it a pinch of salt and a bit of fresh ground pepper.

Occasionally stir the mix until all heats up evenly.



Pasta with tuna
Adding capers



Step 4

Add capers and taste the mix if you need to add extra salt or pepper.

In case that your tomatoes are overly acid you can add a pinch of sugar to neutralize it.



Pasta with tuna
Pasta added in the tuna mix


Step 5

Add the pasta to the tuna and if you like add some grated Parmesan cheese before serving it.


Always keep the water you cooked your pasta in.  Sometimes can happen that sauce is not enough for the quantity of the pasta and it becomes a bit dry.

In those cases Italians add a bit of cooking water to add moisture when needed.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe and make it many times for a fast dinner fix.

Buon Appetito!

Slavi 🙂


Pasta with tuna
Pasta with Tuna






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