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Tuna and Tomato Pasta

Tuna and Tomato Pasta

Tuna and Tomato Pasta – a very quick and easy authentic Italian recipe for a tasty pasta the whole family will love!

Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara


Pasta and Sauce

  • 370 gms – 13 oz. short pasta I used fusilli
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove halved
  • 500 ml – 2 cups tomato purée
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 250 gms – 9 oz. tuna canned in olive oil and drained
  • Parsley chopped
  • Salt to taste

Garlic Breadcrumbs

  • 6 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Garlic Breadcrumbs

  1. Crush the garlic cloves in a mortar and pestle. Add the breadcrumbs and extra virgin olive oil. Mix well and keep it aside.


  1. Sauté the garlic in the extra virgin olive oil for a minute. Make sure not to burn it, or it will taste bitter.
  2. Add the tomato purée and 1/4 cup of water, mix and cook, covered and on a slow flame, for 10 minutes.

  3. Add the tuna and mix. Cook the sauce for another 5 minutes. Then put the fire off and keep it aside.


  1. Cook the pasta following the steps on How to cook pasta “al dente” in the Techniques page of this site. Drain it and mix it with the sauce.
  2. Serve immediately with parsley and the garlic breadcrumbs on the top (optional).