Spicy Tuna Pasta Puttanesca

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

This fast and easy pasta recipe is quick, spicy and delicious. Made with common pantry ingredients, the whole meal comes together in less than 15 minutes!

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Summertime makes this Michigan gal very happy. Not only are the days getting longer (it stays light well past 9 PM these days!) but the temps are finally starting to warm up. In our family, that means mealtime can head outdoors once again.

Cousins Eating Ice Cream

And if you have small toddlers like I do, you know how miraculous it is to keep the mess of mealtime outside! Beyond that, everyone is just happier outdoors with the warm sun and fresh air. It’s a fact. Ok, the frequent ice cream treats don’t hurt either.

Spicy Tuna Puttanesca Pasta HR

By combining a few high flavor pantry samples like briny capers, kalamata olives and tuna packed in olive oil, you are less than 15 minutes from a pasta dish that can be served warm, room temperature or chilled.

Save even more time by making a batch ahead of time for enjoying throughout the week at lunch or for hosting last-minute house guests. Add a green salad, crusty bread and a bottle of vino and you’re in business.

Your fork is waiting.

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Spicy Tuna Pasta Puttanesca

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This fast and easy pasta recipe is quick, spicy and delicious. Made with common pantry ingredients, the whole meal comes together in less than 15 minutes!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons anchovy paste
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 2 tablespoons capers (drained)
  • 15 pitted kalamata olives (sliced)
  • 2 5 ounce cans tuna
  • 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti (prepared according to package instructions reserving 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking liquid)
  • ¼ cup minced Italian parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese (to serve)

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat a large, 2-inch skillet over medium high heat and drizzle with olive oil. Add anchovy paste and chili flakes to the hot pan and stir to release flavors, about 60 seconds.
  • Stir in garlic and heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds, before stirring in the sliced kalamata olives and capers.
  • Remove pan from heat and toss in tuna and warm, cooked pasta along with reserved starchy cooking liquid.
  • Add minced parsley and toss once again before checking for seasoning. Adjust accordingly with salt or pepper as needed.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 42.6gProtein: 20.9gFat: 14.8gSaturated Fat: 1.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 685mgFiber: 6.3gSugar: 0.1g

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16 responses to “Spicy Tuna Pasta Puttanesca”

  1. Ofoedu Avatar
    Ofoedu

    Daily news feed back

  2. Chris Pierson Avatar
    Chris Pierson

    Where are the capers?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oops! Just revised the recipe sorry about that!

    2. tom Avatar
      tom

      And where are the tomatoes? They are the main ingedient of putanesca!

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        You can add them! :)

  3. Aggie Avatar
    Aggie

    That is my favorite tuna!! I want this pasta now :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It is the BEST tuna!!!!

  4. Cookin Canuck Avatar
    Cookin Canuck

    We make puttanesca pasta A LOT, but I’ve never added tuna to it. Doing this next time! I love the adorable picture of your boys with their cousins…memories to treasure.

  5. fabiola@notjustbaked Avatar
    fabiola@notjustbaked

    I love tuna in pasta like this! My husband made me a tuna pasta for the first meal he fed me eight years ago. I was like… hmm that is weird. But I love tuna, so it’s no surprise I loved the dish he made me! So I know I’d like this!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      No way! That is so cute!!

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts Avatar
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Spicy and pasta has my name all over it! Looks like the perfect summer dinner.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I am on such a spicy food kick lately!!

  7. Matt Avatar
    Matt

    Love how easy this is to make! Great for those busy nights

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I love easy recipes!

  8. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It Avatar
    Marina @ A Dancer’s Live-It

    Never thought of tuna with puttanesca sauce! Love this idea! :) Also, ice cream treats are ALWAYS a thing during the summer ;)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I am on such a tuna kick lately – it’s always in my pantry and pure protein!! Ice cream is always the answer. ;)

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.