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5 from 4 votes

Tuna Pasta

Tuna pasta is a super simple Italian recipe bursting with a ton of fresh flavor! It takes under thirty minutes to make and only has a few ingredients.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 10-12 ounces canned yellowfin tuna
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta water


  • Cook pasta to al dente in (2 Tbsp per gallon) salted water.  Finely chop parsley.  Slice garlic cloves and rinse 2 Tablespoons of capers to remove salt.
  • In large pan saute garlic until golden (about 3-4 minutes) on medium heat in a 1/4 cup of olive oil.  After garlic is golden add the capers to the pan.
  • Next add the tuna pieces and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan.  Break the tuna apart with a wooden spoon.
  • Reserve pasta water before draining and add half a cup of it to the pan.  Bring to a simmer with the tuna and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add the parsley and cook 1 minute more. 
  • Add the al dente pasta to the tuna sauce and toss to coat well.  Cook for 1-2 minutes in the tuna sauce, then turn off the heat.  Taste test and adjust salt/pepper and crushed pepper levels if required.  Add the 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and mix once more.
  • Before serving, if dry, use some of the pasta water (1 ounce at a time) to thin out the pasta and get the perfect consistency.  Enjoy!


  • No extra salt was added due to the addition of the capers.  Adjust according to personal taste.
  • Use the pasta water to get the sauce just right and to avoid it drying out before serving.
  • Yellowfin tuna fillets packed in oil are preferred, but canned albacore can be used.


Calories: 651kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.1g | Protein: 32.9g | Fat: 30.3g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 375mg