Tuna pasta recipe with tomatoes and basil – Tuna noodles easy and quick to prepare

Today I show you my recipe tuna pasta with tomatoes and basil. This is a fast pasta dish, the preparation time is about 35 minutes.

The tuna noodles are a good idea when friends come to visit. In the recipe you will find step by step photos to accompany you during the preparation. Conjure up a great fish pasta on your table!

The thrill of this dish… I have often cooked tuna pasta and show you here my favorite variant with tonno topping. I like it when the fish is still on the plate and NOT in the sauce disappears. Therefore I prepare the fish topping in an extra pot.

Discover an ingenious world of taste here… Thun or as the Swiss say: Thon – goes well with lemon, basil and peperoncino. The tuna oil contains valuable Omega 3 fatty acids and therefore I use the oil for topping. Please use a high-quality tuna from the can or from the glass and pay attention to a product from sustainable fishing.

If you have any questions about the recipe, please use the comment function at the bottom of this page. I wish you good luck and a good appetite!

1. Recipe Tuna Pasta

Let yourself be inspired and cook a great pasta dish for you and your loved ones. The cooking instructions begin after the picture….

Tuna pasta colorfully served. Everyone really likes this pasta dish! You can also prepare this pasta dish with spaghetti. I personally eat this dish without cheese. You can add a young parmesan or finely grated mozzarella.


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5 from 14 votes
5 from 14 votes
Tuna Pasta Recipe with Tomatoes and Basil
Noodles with tuna topping easy and quick to prepare. Step by step instructions with photos.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta Rezepte
Cuisine: Italian Recipes, Mediterranean Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 448kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
For the tomato sauce and the pasta
  • 300 g Penne Strozzapreti, Trofie or Cavatelli
  • 1 pc garlic I like to use young garlic
  • 5 g olive oil
  • 1 pc shalott You can also use a small onion!
  • 50 ml white wine
  • 2 tins chunky tomatoes
  • 4 pinches pepper
  • 4 pinches salt I prefer Himalayan Salt
  • 4 pinches brown sugar
  • 10 g small capers
  • 10 pc green olives
  • 10 pc black olives
  • 4 pc cherry tomatoes
Tuna Basil Topping
  • 2 tins Tuna in oil I use MSC.ORG certified tuna
  • 1 pc lemon
  • Chili
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 10 g Roasted and salted pine nuts
  • To cook the pasta, place a large pot of water on top and bring to the boil. You can use Strozzapreti, Trofie or Cavatelli pasta instead of Penne for this dish. Add salt to the cooking water, the pasta water can taste like sea water.
  • Wash, dry and halve the tomatoes. Fry the cocktail tomatoes in a hot pan with the cut surface facing downwards at high heat and caramelise. Remove the tomatoes from the pan and prepare them for serving.
  • Alternatively you can caramelize whole tomatoes in a pan with the cream Brulee burner.
  • Cut the shallots or onions in half, peel and cut into thin slices. Halve the garlic and cut into fine cubes. When you get young garlic, simply cut it into fine strips. Sweat the shallots and garlic with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan until translucent.
  • Next deglaze with the white wine. I like to use Prosecco very much. Add the canned tomatoes and bring the sauce to the boil. Season the tomato sauce with salt, pepper, some sugar and chilli. Finally, add the capers and olives, keeping the finished tomato sauce gently simmering and warm.
  • Cook the penne in the prepared pot until al dente, then pour into a sieve and drain well. Pasta tastes better if you toss the noodles in the sauce. In the attached picture I added basil for the look.
  • Prepare the tuna topping... put the tuna from the tin with the oil in an extra pot. Finely grate the organic lemon and add the lemon juice. Refine the tuna with finely chopped basil, season with a little chilli and warm gently.
  • Add the penne to the tomato sauce and mix well. Arrange the pasta on warm plates. Place the prepared tuna with a little oil in the middle of the pasta. Place the caramelized cocktail tomatoes on top of the pasta. Decorate the pasta with basil. Serve the finished tuna pasta sprinkled with pine nuts.

2. Season Tip

Combine this noodle dish with wild garlic instead of basil or trickle wild garlic pesto or basil pesto on the noodles.
Let the pasta become cold and serve this dish as noodle salad for grilling and BBQ.
You can add fried chanterelles or mushrooms to the tuna noodles, that would be a Pasta Mare Monti!

3. Calorie noodles with tuna fish and tomato sauce

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Pasta Recipe with Tomatoes and Basil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 1290mg56%
Potassium 766mg22%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 30g60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5. Other recipes with tuna

Tuna steak with vegetables - Low Carb
Tuna salad with spinach and apple - Low Carb
Tuna Salad with Romana Salad, Tomatoes, Avocado and Egg
Tuna noodles with garlic, parsley and peperoncino
Spaghetti with tuna and asparagus
Pasta salad with tuna with vegan and vegetarian variation
Tuna Pizza
Nizza Salad - Salad Nicoise
Vitello Tonnato
Tuna spread with herbs and vegetables

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Author: Thomas Sixt

Hi, I am a German Chef, Cookbook Author and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy good food. If you have any cooking questions, please use the comment function at the end of each article and recipe. I wish Thomas Sixt Good Luck!