Easy Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce


This is my version of a tuna pasta dish with capers, anchovies, and tomatoes. I make it at least once a week as it is my husband's favorite and he proclaims it's restaurant quality. You can easy double the recipe if you're cooking for more people.

close up view of Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce garnished with fresh herbs in a white bowl
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings


  • ½ (16 ounce) box penne

  • 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, packed in olive oil, drained

  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil

  • ½ large organic lemon, juiced and zested

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ounce canned anchovy fillets, drained

  • 2 teaspoons capers

  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • ½ bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

  2. Empty tuna into a bowl and mash with a fork while pasta is cooking. Mix with 2 tablespoons olive oil, basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.

  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet and fry the anchovies for 3 minutes. Add capers and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, for an additional 3 minutes. Add tuna mixture and tomatoes; simmer sauce for about 5 minutes.

  4. Drain pasta and add to the sauce. Mix well. Stir in parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

919 Calories
47g Fat
94g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 919
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 1301mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 62mg 310%
Calcium 170mg 13%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 815mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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