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Penne with Tomato Tuna Sauce.

Penne Pasta with Tomato Tuna Sauce

An easy and delicious penne pasta dish with tomato tuna sauce. It's made with canned tuna and kalamata olives for a quick fuss free dinner anytime of the week.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Penne Rigate with Tomato Tuna Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 513kcal
Author Marisa


Tomato and Tuna Pasta Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed chilli pepper
  • 660 ml jar Passata Italian strained tomatoes I used San Marzano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 x 85 grams canned oil packed tuna drained or 190 gram jar of tuna filets.
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives pitted and slivered
  • 2 sprigs of basil


  • 450 grams Penne Rigate or other pasta of your choice
  • salt for cooking water


Tomato and Tuna Pasta Sauce

  • Heat the oil in a medium sized sauce pot over medium low heat.
  • Sauté the garlic, chopped onions and the crushed chilli pepper just until the onions are soft, while stirring often for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the passata (Italian strained tomatoes), dried basil, salt and pepper and stir well.
  • Fill the bottle of passata three quarters full with water. Give it a good swirl and add this to the sauce. Stir well.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil then lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the sauce thickens and the sweet concentrated flavors of the tomatoes come through.
  • While the sauce is slowly simmering, bring a large pot of water to boil.
  • Salt the water and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • While the pasta cooks, add the drained tuna, slivered kalamata olives and fresh basil to the tomato sauce. Allow to simmer till the pasta is al dente.

Plating Pasta with Tuna Sauce

  • When ready, drain the pasta and toss with some of the tomato sauce.
  • Plate the pasta and top with more sauce and a sprinkle of basil.
  • Serve while still warm.


Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 949mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 779IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 5mg