Tuna tomato pasta is a delicious healthy and easy recipe that only takes 20 minutes to make. With just a few basic ingredients it's budget friendly too!
Folks, this tuna tomato pasta is a great recipe if you're still feeling the pinch after all the extravagance of Christmas.
Also, it's relatively healthy too as long as you're using wholemeal pasta as per the recipe rather than white pasta.
Made with canned tuna, canned tomatoes and fresh basil this tomato tuna pasta recipe makes a perfect delicious budget meal.
One that can easily be cooked up when you're busy and got lots of things going on!
This tuna tomato pasta is suitable for lunch or dinner.
Just alter your portion sizes depending on which meal you serve it for.
You could easily cook this up for dinner and take any "leftovers" into work to heat up for your lunch?
I say "leftovers" as that really is a rarity in our house. Even though there's just the two of us.
Well there's actually three in our house if you include Begbie, our cat. He eats nearly everything and probably would dive into this pasta if we let him!
My other half and I always have stocks of essentials in our kitchen cupboards like pasta, tinned tomatoes and tinned tuna.
Its great how essentials like those come in handy when you're least prepared.
You can easily make tasty dishes like this quick easy tuna tomato pasta!
What's your quick "go to recipe" that you always have a stock of ingredients for in your kitchen?
- Whole What Conchiglie
- Olive Oil
- Can Chopped Tomatoes
- Canned Tuna In Spring Water
- Fresh Basil
- Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
See recipe card for the actual quantites of the tuna and tomato pasta recipe ingredients.
- Whole What Conchiglie - For this tuna tomato pasta recipe you can of course use any type of pasta. That will make this recipe less healthier and change the nutritional label.
- Olive Oil - olive oil works best. You could use vegetable oil or low calorie oil spray too.
- Onion - I just use a normal brown onion. A red onion would work too.
- Can Chopped Tomatoes - if you can't get canned, used diced tomatoes or you could make your own marinara sauce from fresh tomatoes. Or tomato passata will also work
- Canned Tuna In Spring Water - if you can't get tuna in spring water you can use tuna in olive oil instead.
- Fresh Basil - you could use fresh parsley instead.
- Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
🔪 How to Make This Tuna Tomato Pasta
Detailed instructions for this healthy tuna pasta recipe are in the full recipe card below. But here is a quick step by step guide of how to quickly make this tuna tomato pasta:
- Get your chosen pasta shapes on first. Cook as per package directions until al dente.
- Whilst your pasta cooks saute your onion then add your tomotoes to make your tomato sauce.
- Stir in your tuna, then your cooked pasta and chopped basil. Season with a little salt and black pepper.
- Divide the tuna tomato pasta between two serving bowls and top with the grated parmesan. Bellissimo!
💭 Why You'll Love Tuna Tomato Pasta
- As far as easy recipes go this is the best. Just a 6 ingredient list of storecupboard items is all that's required for this pasta dish.
- It only takes 20 minutes to make proving healthy recipes don't have to take ages to get on the dinner table. Ideal for a busy weeknight.
- All budget low cost ingredients are used. A great recipe for saving those pennies.
- Versatile. The basic recipe can be easily changed. You can add extra vegetables like frozen peas or sweetcorn. Spice it up a little with some garlic cloves and chili flakes or add black olives, serve with a white wine and you've got some great Italian cuisine!
- Pasta is just one of the best comfort foods!
How To Store Leftovers?
Keep any leftover in an airtight container in the fridge. You can easily reheat in your microwave or on your stovetop.
Can You Freeze Tuna Tomato Pasta?
You can freeze the tuna tomato sauce. Just defrost it thoroughly first before using.
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📋 Tuna Tomato Pasta Recipe
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- 125 g Whole wheat Conchiglie
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 x 160g cans of tuna spring water drained
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan
- Place the pasta in a saucepan of boiling, salted water and cook as per the packet instructions, then drain. While the pasta is cooking continue with the rest of the recipe.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium sized saucepan, add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes then add the tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes until soft.
- Add the drained tuna and stir until warmed through. Then add the drained pasta and freshly chopped basil.
- Divide between two serving bowls and top with the grated parmesan.
- Serve with a fresh green salad of lettuce, cucumber and spring onions.
🧾 Nutrition Label
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Tuna is something I keep on hand. It really comes in handy when we've returned from vacation and I need to whip up a good meal without having gone to the grocery store first!
Absolutely Mimi. That's precisely the sort of occassion that this recipe comes in handy for. 🙂
We love pasta with tuna too (Tinned tuna and pasta are things you can always find in our house too), and I make it almost like your recipe suggests - lighly sauteed onions, tomatoes, and tuna. I also like adding sometimes some frozen green peas as they bring up some freshness or black olives. And if you haven't tried baked tuna pasta (mixed with some cream cheese or/and shredded mozzarella), you should run into the kitchen right away. 🙂 Happy weekend!
Ben you have me salivating! Baked tuna pasta is on the menu here for Lynne and I soon. Nice one. Thank you very much. I hope you have a fantastic weekend too. (Oh and thanks so much for the comment and recipe rating too 😀 ).
Although pasta is often made at our home but we mostly stick to veg pasta. Your tuna pasta sounds so good and such a healthy option to go for.
Thanks, yes Lynne and I do like our veg pasta (spiralized courgettes / butternut squash etc.) too. Glad you like my tuna pasta! 🙂
David @ Spiced
We haven't heard from Begbie in a while! I bet he really would love this tuna pasta. Haha! We don't use tuna near enough in our house. I enjoy it, but for some reason it's just not often on our radar. I'll have to keep this easy pasta dish in mind for sure. Laura is out of town for work this week, so I definitely need some easy dinners to keep me and Robbie going! 🙂
Begbie is mostly hiding anywhere near heat at the moment David. Mostly sleeping under any of the radiators when they are on! 😀
This is definitely an ideal dinner for you and Robbie whilst Laura is out of town for work. Lynne is often away too and I can make this up for my dinner and then re-heat the other half for my lunch the next day!
SHASHI AT SAVORYSPIN
Neil, I need to see a picture of Begbie! I must have missed your previous posts with your cats! Also, this easy pasta dish sounds delicious! I needed this during these past few days of moving mayham! My go to dish is usually is egg curry and I usually have canned tomatoes in stock for it! Hope you and Lady Lynne are doing well!
I think there's a couple of pictures of Begbie scattered through some recipes posts Shashi. I'll try and remember to post a pic of him in future when he's not hiding under the radiators seeking out heat as I said to David in a comment below!
Glad you like my recipe, thanks. I like the sound of your egg curry. I'll need to have a look for that. I know it's something I'd enjoy. 🙂
Neil - this looks so delicious - i imagine that tuna has Begbie ready to dive in! My go-to in a pinch is chili, since just about everything needed comes in a can. A little leftover roast or chicken added and we have a meal! Thanks for the yummy and quick recipe!
Thanks Laura. Funnily enough I've just lifted a batch of pre-made turkey chilli out of the freezer for tonights dinner. Chilli is also a favourite here!
Shame we've got no leftover chicken to add to it though, that would have been had a really nice variation.