One-pot tuna pasta puttanesca recipe

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One-pot tuna pasta puttanesca is quick and easy to make with little washing up. Tuna, capers and tomatoes have punchy flavours, plus it's ready in 30 mins

One-pot tuna pasta puttanesca
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories302 Kcal15%
Sugar9 g10%
Fat7.9 g11%
Saturated Fat2.6 g13%
Salt0.9 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein15.8 g32%
Carbohydrates42.8 g16%
Salt0.9 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This mouthwatering one pot tuna pasta puttanesca is infused with garlic, basil, and capers.

Our tuna puttanesca is topped with a layer of crisp golden cheese; a combination of cheddar and mozzarella. This recipe uses tinned tuna but you could swap for flaked tuna steak instead for a meatier texture.


  • 100g tuna in oil, drained (reserve a little of the oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes with sliced olives
  • Handful fresh basil
  • 2tbsp capers, rinsed
  • 300g pasta shapes
  • 50g grated cheddar and mozzarella
  • Handful fresh breadcrumbs (50g)




  1. Heat the grill to high. Pour a little of the tuna oil into a wide ovenproof sauté pan and heat the garlic. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 15 mins. Stir in the tuna, basil and capers, and season well.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta shapes according to the pack instructions. Drain lightly, then stir into the sauce. Heat through, then top with the cheese and breadcrumbs, and grill until melted.

Top tips for making one-pot tuna pasta puttanesca

As there is so much flavour behind this dish, you could easily add a variety of vegetables to the pasta to up your five-a-day count. Try finely chopped peppers, onion, mushroom, or spinach.

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