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Tuna pasta with grated Manchego cheese in a white bowl.

Tuna Pasta

This easy tuna pasta uses ingredients most people have on hand and is ready in only 30 minutes. It's perfect for a homemade healthy pasta dinner without any fuss!
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Course: Main, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 585.53kcal


  • 12 oz pasta (approx. 360g or 3oz/80g per person)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 10 oz tuna, drained (approx. 250g) either water or oil-packed
  • 14 oz crushed tomato (approx. 400g or 1.5 cups)
  • 10 large olives diced (optional)
  • 1-2 salt-cured anchovies optional
  • ½ cup grated Manchego cheese (approx. 45g)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta al dente, according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a heavy pan and add the diced onion. Sauté for about five minutes until translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté for one more minute until just starting to brown.
  • Add the crushed tomato, drained tuna, and anchovies (if using). Stir and cook over medium-high heat for five minutes.
  • Add the diced olives (and any other embellishments) if using. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drain the pasta once al dente and add to the pan. Stir gently to fully coat the pasta in the sauce.
  • Top with grated Manchego cheese and serve immediately.


  • Cook the pasta al dente because it will continue to cook once added to the pan. If you overcook the pasta it will break when stirred and become a mushy mess.
  • Add a drizzle of great quality extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt at the very end. Chili flakes (while not traditional) are also lovely.
  • Can you reheat tuna pasta? Yes! Especially if the pasta was cooked al dente. I would reheat for 30 seconds in the microwave, or sauté in a bit of olive oil in a very hot skillet.
  • The anchovy and olives can be omitted or substituted if necessary. Other additions can be capers, sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.


Calories: 585.53kcal | Carbohydrates: 73.15g | Protein: 30.5g | Fat: 19.37g | Saturated Fat: 5.62g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 40.84mg | Sodium: 570.06mg | Potassium: 642.01mg | Fiber: 5.22g | Sugar: 7.29g | Vitamin A: 371.29IU | Vitamin C: 10.85mg | Calcium: 227.9mg | Iron: 3.74mg
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