Pappardelle with tuna sauce recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
5-a-day: 1
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 20 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 585 kCal 29%
Fat 16.6g 24%
  -  Saturates 2.5g 13%
Carbohydrates 80.4g 29%
  -  of which Sugars 8.2g 9%
Protein 27.8g 56%
Salt 0.8g 13%
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  • Ready in just four easy steps, this delicious pappardelle with tuna sauce is a simple dinner option bursting with a rich tomato flavour.

    The thick tomato-based sauce and soft pappardelle pasta make the perfect combination. Infuse the tuna sauce with onion, garlic, ripe tomatoes, oregano, and capers, which are optional. Serve with freshly chopped parsley.


    • 4tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 500g ripe tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and roughly chopped
    • 1tsp dried oregano
    • 198g can tuna in brine, drained
    • 1tbsp each green and black pitted olives, roughly chopped
    • 1tbsp capers, rinsed and chopped
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 400g pappardelle
    • fresh chopped oregano or parsley to serve


    • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the onion gently for about 5 mins. Add the garlic, tomatoes and oregano, cover and simmer gently for 10 mins.

    • Break up the tuna into small pieces and add to the tomatoes together with the olives, capers and seasoning.

    • Cook the pappardelle according to pack instructions.

    • Drain the pasta and divide between 4 bowls. Pour over the sauce and sprinkle with chopped oregano or parsley to serve.

    Top tips for making pappardelle with tuna sauce

    Capers are sold in brine or salt-packed. If using the salt-packed variety, rinse them under cold running water to decrease the saltiness before using.

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