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Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers
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Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers

Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, Capers, and Olives is a quick and straightforward weeknight family dinner recipe. Made in less than 30 minutes.

Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers
Canned Tuna Pasta was our go-to tuna recipe in student days. Tuna Pasta wasn’t something that we would eat at home, but it was a life-saver in college. Tuna Pasta is affordable, easy to make, and it can be super delicious too. We shared a simple Tuna Veggie Pasta recipe perfect for summer when we first started writing this blog. Today, we share a unique, scrumptious recipe perfect for any day of the year. It’s made with two components. The central star is, of course, the silky Canned Tuna Pasta with Capers and Tomato Sauce, and the second component is a Mediterranean-inspired olive dressing made with green olives, almonds, and olive oil. It adds a fantastic flavor and some texture and crunchiness.

Delicious Tuna Pasta for any day of the year

These are the top reasons why we think you're going to love this tuna tomato pasta:

  • the tuna sauce is simply prepared, delicious, and made with dreamy, creamy sauce
  • the Green Olive dressing on top adds a beautiful Mediterranean feel and some crunchiness
  • a quick, simple, and delicious weeknight meal for any day of the year
  • this is a beginner-friendly recipe
  • it's dairy-free and a pretty healthy recipe
  • an excellent meal for busy families, college students, or individuals who are always in a hurry

Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers

Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers

How to make Canned Tuna Pasta at home

This delicious Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, Capers, and a simple Olive Dressing is separated into two steps. First, we make the Olive Dressing. We combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set them aside until needed. This Dressing will add a beautiful layer of crunchiness and texture while bringing all those delicious Mediterranean flavors to the dish. Then, we make the Canned Tuna Pasta. The prep is quick and straightforward. Below you will find the whole recipe with ingredient list and instructions, and here's a quick overview for easier preparation. 

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve some pasta cooking water. 
  2. Saute the onion, garlic, capers, parsley, and lemon zest.
  3. Add the tomato passata (Natural Tomato Sauce) and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add the drained tuna from the can and stir to combine. 
  5. Toss with the al dente cooked pasta.
  6. Serve with a beautiful Olive dressing.

Green Olive Dressing

Saute veggies for Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers

Adding tuna to the tomato sauce for the pasta sauce

Frequently asked question and answers

Here you will find some of the most frequently asked questions and answers. 

Can I use any other type of pasta? Absolutely. Feel free to use whole wheat or gluten-free pasta. We love using spaghetti in this recipe, but different pasta shapes and sizes work great too.

Which tuna should I use for Tuna Pasta? Use canned tuna in water or canned tuna in olive oil for this recipe. And don't forget, the better the tuna quality, the better the tuna sauce.

Why do we need preserved pasta water for pasta sauce? We always reserve some pasta cooking water for the sauce. The pasta loves to soak the liquid from the sauce, and by adding some of the reserved water, we help the sauce stay silky and delicious.

Tuna sauce for Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers

Cooking Spaghetti with Tuna

Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers


This Pantry Tuna Pasta recipe is made in minutes, so we recommend making it fresh from scratch. 
However, if you have any leftovers, feel free to place them in an airtight container. Keep sealed in the fridge for up to 2 days. Before serving, reheat in the microwave or in a skillet on a stove until warm.

Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers

Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers, and Olive Dressing

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Lets get cooking!

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  • olive dressing

    Pit the olives and finely dice them. Add to a small bowl along with the chopped almonds, grated garlic, grated lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside until needed.

  • pasta

    Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Cook until the pasta is cooked al dente, then drain and preserve about 80ml or 1/3 cup cooking water.

  • tuna sauce

    While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Place a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, diced onion, garlic, parsley, grated lemon zest, and capers. Rinse the capers under running water before using them. Reduce the heat to low, and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato passata and cook for another 5 minutes. Drain the canned tuna, add to the sauce, gently stir and cook for a minute.

  • Canned Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes, and Capers

    Add the drained spaghetti to the sauce and toss to combine. If necessary, add some reserved pasta water to get a silky pasta sauce. Divide between four plates and serve with the homemade olive dressing.


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