Pasta with tuna, capers and lemon

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 11 November 2009.
Tagged: dinner, easy, fish, healthy cooking, healthy eating, nutrition, pasta

  • Ready In: 22 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 12 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Pasta with tuna, capers and lemon

Try this quick and easy recipe based on pasta plus a can of tuna. Best of all, it gives your omega-3s a boost!


  • 375g/12oz dried penne pasta
  • 400g/13oz can tuna in brine, drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained (and chopped, if large)
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


1. Cook pasta in plenty of boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.

2. Meanwhile, drain and break tuna into bite-sized pieces with a fork and place in a large bowl.

3. Add oil, capers, parsley, garlic and lemon juice. Mix gently and taste-check for flavour - add more lemon juice if necessary.

4. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup cooking liquid, then add pasta to tuna mixture and toss well.

5. Add enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten pasta.

6. Serve immediately with a large tossed green salad.