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Spaghetti with canned tuna: recipe, ingredients and tips for cooking a good dish of pasta with canned tuna in white or with cherry tomatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 180 gr of spaghetti or other type of pasta
  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 160 grams of canned tuna in olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced or sliced
  • 1/2 hot pepper
  • 2 sprigs of chopped parsley
  • sale q.b.
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 50 gr of black olives
  • 1 tablespoon of capers


    1. When I have to cook spaghetti with canned tuna, I use the same base that I use to make pasta: garlic, oil, and chili. Because canned tuna is also used, the quantity is reduced in this case. So, first, peel the garlic clove, then remove the central part and finely chop the rest. If you don't like the taste of garlic, simply brown it in the oil for a few minutes, but keep in mind that finely chopped garlic releases a pleasant flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients in the recipe.
    2. In a nonstick pan, heat the oil, then add the minced garlic and a pinch of red pepper. Allow everything to brown before adding the previously drained canned tuna. Brown everything for a minute at this point, then add the tomatoes, cut in half. If you want to add capers and black olives, keep in mind that the capers must be added before the cherry tomatoes, while the black olives must be added after the tomatoes and only 2-3 minutes before the cooking time is up.
    3. In any case, the canned tuna sauce takes about 5 minutes to cook, especially if fresh tomatoes are used. This is the time required to sear the tomatoes and combine them with the tuna to make a tasty sauce to season the spaghetti.
    4. The white version, on the other hand, does not require the addition of the cherry tomatoes. Then you can leave it to cook for a few minutes. Remember that the cooking time for spaghetti with canned tuna is critical and should not be excessive, but rather just enough to flavor everything without overcooking the ingredients. In fact, even in the canned tuna spaghetti with cherry tomatoes version, everything needs to cook for 4-5 minutes. There are also other versions in which the tomato is added to obtain a true sauce, but I do not recommend this because you lose all of the true flavor of this dish.
    5. So, after making the canned tuna pasta sauce, it's time to boil the spaghetti. In this case, always cook them al dente before combining them with the sauce in the pan, along with the chopped parsley.
    6. If you want a thicker sauce, add a drop of water while mixing the spaghetti with the canned tuna; otherwise, simply add the pasta to the pan and sauté for about a minute.
    7. All that remains now is to arrange the canned tuna spaghetti on the plates and bring them to the table.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 684Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 33gCholesterol 34mgSodium 599mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 29g

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