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Fast and Easy Recipe For Pasta With Tuna and Tomatoes

Fast & Easy Dinner: Tuna Pomodoro

Before I lived in Spain, I never thought of putting canned tuna in pasta. However, the Spanish think everything tastes better with olive-oil packed tuna (including guacamole!), so I learned to love this savory pasta combination.

I suggest you give it a try with this simple recipe. The tuna is tossed with a quick garlic tomato sauce and whole wheat pasta. It's a healthy and affordable meal that comes together in mere minutes.

Tuna Pomodoro

Tuna Pomodoro

Fast and Easy Recipe for Pasta With Tuna and Tomatoes 2009-10-13 13:20:37


  1. 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  2. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  4. 2 anchovies, minced (optional)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  6. 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. 1 6-ounce can chunk light tuna, drained and flaked
  8. 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add anchovies (if using) and crushed red pepper and cook for 30 seconds more.
  3. Add tomatoes, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes. Stir in tuna and cook until it is incorporated into the sauce and heated through, 2 minutes more.
  4. Divide the spaghetti evenly among 4 plates, top with sauce and garnish with basil. Serve hot.

Serves 4.

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Food Food 7 years
mamasitamalita, me too! ;-)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
had it last night!! delish!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
It is more expensive but tuna from Espana is really good!
Food Food 7 years
Catipa, I was thinking the same thing! Might have to be dinner sometime very soon.
Catipa Catipa 7 years
This looks really good, I will have to give it a try.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
the first time my friend suggested putting canned tuna in pasta with tomato sauce I thought it sounded DISGUSTING. I regularly do this now to add a quick and cheap protein into an equally quick and cheap meal. SO delicious. add some capers or other pickled/marinated/roasted veggies and its a treat!
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