Pasta al Tonno: Delicious Italian Tuna Pasta Dish Recipe

Pasta al Tonno is a classically easy dish that is loved by many. It really only requires about three ingredients in total – the pasta, tomato sauce, and the tuna – making it incredibly cheap and easy to prepare! It can be difficult to get your weekly serving of fish but this dish will make it so much easier; the tomato sauce really pairs well with the natural flavor of the tuna without being overwhelming, and the pasta helps to make you feel full! Try out some other varieties too, like Pasta al Tonno e Pomodoro (with tomatoes) or Pasta al Sugo di Tonno (with Sugo, which is a type of tomato sauce with onions and garlic) and see which one you like best.

Pasta al Tonno

Servings: 2 people
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 can of tuna (about 3 oz) (I suggest using the kind preserved in olive oil rather than water)
  • 1 ¾ cup tomato sauce (homemade or canned works)
  • 200 g Fusilli pasta
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh basil
  • salt and pepper


  • Start by heating up a large pan on medium heat. Drizzle in some olive oil and let the pan heat up.
  • Drain the tuna and add it to the pan. Make sure the tuna gets lightly coated in oil so it will fry a little in the pan. Let the tuna fry for 2 or 3 minutes and start the water for your pasta.
  • Once the tuna is done, slowly pour in the tomato sauce. Add the basil, salt, and pepper and mix everything well. Turn the heat on medium-low and let this simmer while you continue cooking the pasta.
  • Optional: add a spoonful of pasta water to your sauce to help thicken it up more if desired!
  • Once the pasta is ready, drain and add directly to the saucepan. Turn the heat off and mix everything well.
  • Serve the Pasta al Tonno with Parmesan on top and enjoy!
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4 thoughts on “Pasta al Tonno”

  1. Howard Palmer

    5 stars
    Pasta al Tonno, where have you been all my life? Such a smart, easy, and tasty recipe. My cat’s been eyeing my tuna cans whistfully ever since!

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