Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers and Olives

Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers and Olives

Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers and Olives, here is a pasta dish that transports you to a Mediterranean beach resort, your having this for lunch while sitting under an umbrella, drinking  a crisp cold glass of white wine. Made with few ingredients, filled with so much flavor, the brininess  of the tuna, saltiness of the capers, sweetness of the fresh  tomatoes, and  the savory bite of the black olives, this dish has it all.   It is so easy to make, and great to serve for a dinner  “al fresco”.

I like to make this recipe with paccheri, rigatoni or penne, any pasta that captures the components of the dish in one bite.  Try this and transport yourself to the sunny Italian coastline,  I think you will love it.  Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers and Olives, Let’s Cook!

Pasta with Tuna, Tomato and Capers

Servings 4


  • 1 lb ripe plum or baby plum tomatoes chopped
  • 8 oz can of tuna, oil or water packed drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted black olives
  • piece hot pepper or pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 tbls capers
  • handful Italian flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1 lb imported pasta, pacchetti, rigatoni, penne
  • 2 tbls extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • optional parmesan cheese


  1. In a wok style skillet, large enough to hold the pasta while finishing, add olive oil, hot pepper and garlic, saute until garlic lightly browns

  2. On a lively flame, add chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper, cook for 3 minutes, add tuna,capers and olives, continue to cook until the tomatoes break down about another 5 minutes.  Toss in the parsley.  At this point you can take the sauce off the heat until your pasta is cooked.

  3. Add cold water to a pasta pot, bring to a rolling boil, add sea salt, add pasta and cook 1 minute less than package indicates for al dente

  4. Place your sauce back on a lively flame, with a large slotted spoon scoop the pasta out of its water, draining as you scoop, add the drained pasta into the tuna sauce, stir and continue to mix for about a minute

  5. Serve hot, feel free to add parmesan cheese to taste

    Pasta with Tuna, Tomatoes, Capers and Olives

Buon Appetito!


Below are some items I used to make this recipe, thought you would enjoy !

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