Tuna Pasta Recipe


Italy and the Mediterranean are known for their fabulous cuisine. What makes it special is the simplicity of the ingredients. Today we’re going to learn how to prepare a dish that showcases authentic Mediterranean flavors using tuna, capers, juicy cherry tomatoes and chilli for a hint of spice.

My ultimate tuna pasta recipe marries delicious tuna fish with short pasta and the perfect aromatics. I recommend working with short pasta for this simple but incredible classic.

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How to make Tuna Pasta Recipe

Vincenzo’s Plate Tips

Rinse Your Capers Well

Although I used fresh capers for my recipe, they’re not always easy to find! Canned capers work beautifully if you rinse them thoroughly before using them. They come in salt or vinegar for preservation, and it’s important to clean them well to get the authentic caper flavor.


Juice the Tomatoes

For the best sauce, you’re going to want to be able to access the juice from your tomatoes as you sauté them. To do this, I recommend chopping the tomatoes in half before putting them in the pan. You’ll want to spend 5-10 minutes sautéing them. Then, as they get soft, gently press each tomato half to release the juices. The juices add amazing flavor and prevent the garlic from burning.


Watch the Time!

When making the sauce for this ultimate tuna pasta dish, you need to be mindful of the time. While other sauces can take hours to make, the ideal cooking time for this sauce is ten minutes. You need to allow the full ten minutes for the ingredients to make love to each other and create the fullest flavor, but you don’t want to go longer than ten minutes because the sauce may burn – adjust the heat accordingly so it doesn’t dry out.


Talk to the Food

As I mentioned, there are many things you can vary in this recipe. If you don’t like hot chili, you can reduce the amount or leave them out. If you prefer more capers, you can add more to your preference. The important thing is that you feel the food. Become one with it. Talk to the ingredients. This is what allows the magic to happen and ensures that everything comes together according to your taste.

How to make Tuna Pasta in Red Sauce

How to Serve My Ultimate Tuna Pasta

Serving up this delicious meal is as simple as it is to make. Take a generous scoop of the pasta and sauce mixture and make a beautiful pile of pasta on a flat plate. If you like, add a bit more tuna from the sauce before sprinkling the whole thing with fresh parsley for extra flavor and aesthetics. Dig in and enjoy!

Tuna Pasta in Red Sauce


How to make Tuna Pasta Recipe

Tuna Pasta Recipe

My ultimate tuna pasta is perfect for a family gathering or date night. Although the ingredients are incredibly simple, they come together to create an aromatic flavor explosion that will leave you coming back for more.


  • Chopping-board
  • knife
  • 2 Wooden spoons   A spatula will work too
  • Medium sized pan
  • Mug
  • pot
  • Strainer


  • 11 oz Tuna 300g. Fresh or from the can
  • 7 oz Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Hot peppers/chilli dried or fresh
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • Chopped parsley as much as preferred
  • Capers fresh or canned. As much as preferred
  • ½ Bottle of passata or tomato puree
  • 11 oz Rigatoni pasta 300g.
  • Salt as much as required
  • Pepper as much as preferred
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil as much as required


For the Sauce

  • To prepare the ingredients, cut each cherry tomato in half and the chili into thin strips then chopped.
  • Remove the stems of fresh capers, or thoroughly rinse canned capers.
  • Turn the stove to a medium heat and place your pan on top. Once it starts to warm, pour in a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil then add the garlic and hot chili. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomatoes then press down on them gently to remove the juice and sauté for about 5-10 minutes while gently mixing through.
  • Next, mix through the tuna and use your wooden spoon/spatula to break down.
  • Add capers, mix, then grind black pepper into the sauce to taste.
  • Pour half a bottle of passata into the mixture. Allow the ingredients to come together and make love for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle fresh parsley into the mixture before adding a pinch of sea salt to taste. Mix through with the heat off.

For the Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add a generous tablespoon of sea/rock salt.
  • Place the pasta into the water and cook per instructions on the pasta packet.
  • Once the pasta has boiled, collect a mug full of pasta water and strain the pasta.
  • Put the strained pasta into the sauce mixture with a splash of pasta water.
  • Alternate between tossing the pasta into the sauce and adding a few more splashes of pasta water.
  • Serve a generous amount on a plate and add fresh parsley to garnish.


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