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tuna pasta sprinkled with parsley and parmesan in a blue bowl
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Tuna Pasta with Tomatoes and Olives

This delicious tuna pasta will be ready in no time and is made with pantry staples. The sauce is made with canned tomatoes and olives and it's so good! Give this easy pasta dish a try and I'm sure you‘ll add it to your regular recipe rotation!
Course dinner
Cuisine international, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 708kcal
Author Aleksandra



  • 200 g / 7 oz fusilli pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 400 g / 14-oz. can tomatoes or the same amount of tomato passata
  • ½ cup broth vegetable / chicken broth or use organic stock cubes
  • 1 160 g / 6-oz. can tuna in olive oil
  • 14 green olives or black / calamata olives
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

to serve:

  • grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley


  • Cook the pasta al dente (it should have a bite to it).
  • Dice the onion, chop the garlic very finely.
  • Heat the olive oil and clarified butter in a large pan.
  • Add the onion and Italian seasoning, cook for about 6 minutes over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for one more minute.
  • Drain the tuna using a sieve, cut the olives in half or into 3 parts.
  • Add canned tomatoes, broth, tuna and olives to the pan. Cook, stirring from time to time, over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, optionally with a bit of lemon juice.
  • Mix with cooked pasta, serve with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley (optional).
  • Enjoy!



  • This pasta dish reheats very well. Can also be frozen! (but the pasta won't be al dente anymore).
  • Instead of green olives you can use kalamata or black olives, but green olives works best for me in this recipe.
  • Instead od canned crushed tomatoes you can use tomato passata or fresh tomatoes when they're in season.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.
  • Calories count = 1 serving (½ recipe).


Calories: 708kcal