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Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta

Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta

The easiest tuna pasta recipe around

We love this Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta recipe – it is cheap, easy, tasty and very quick to make. It has lots of return for little input (just what I like in a recipe!)

It is ready in less than 15 minutes. In fact, this pasta recipe is so good we probably eat it in our house at least once a fortnight.

This recipe was one of my first recipe inventions when I shared a house in Headington, Oxford many years ago. We would often take it in turns to cook.

Easy tuna pasta

On a late shift in the tool design offices of the then Austin Rover, I needed a quick meal for three that could be produced in 15 minutes. All so that we could get to the pub before last orders 😃 (in the days when the pubs closed at 23.00)!

So this was the one! Born out of necessity! No real preparation and everything was already in the pantry.

I have never looked back. This super easy tuna pasta recipe has been in my recipe repertoire ever since.

tuna fish recipe
Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta

At home, we always have the ingredients for this dish in the cupboard, so we can make it without having to shop. And for those of us (e.g. my daughter) who do not like onions or sweetcorn, you can selectively add these separately at the end of cooking if you need to.

Then everyone gets the ingredients they like.

As this is such a quick and cheap recipe made with non-perishable ingredients (dried pasta, tinned sweetcorn, Hellmann’s mayo, canned tuna). This makes it a very good recipe for busy students and workers.

It is also good to eat cold if you have any leftovers (like when you get back from the pub!). 

The best Mayonnaise

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is the key ingredient to this dish as it provides the perfect accompaniment to the fish. Hellmann’s also combines brilliantly with tuna in my tuna salad recipe.

As you will see in many of my other recipes, we love Hellmann’s in this house (and before you ask, no, I am not sponsored by them. Although I wish I was – as we do get through quite a lot of it 😃 )

tuna salad

You can of course use almost any type of pasta for this dish and it is a super yummy way to enjoy tuna. I often use penne for this dish, but also like it with farfalle, conchiglie or even spaghetti.

You can just keep it even more simple with just tuna, mayo and some freshly ground pepper if you want. Here is one I made with conchiglie pasta but without the sweetcorn and onion. Also good!!!

simple tuna pasta

I think that tuna is one of the tastiest of fish, and the fact it can be stored in tins makes it an easy ingredient for many pasta dishes.

Make sure when you choose your tuna you choose sustainable tuna. Follow the link for a bit more information on the subject.

I hope you enjoy trying this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below. 

How to make tuna pasta

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tuna salad

Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This quick and easy pasta with tuna is ready in less than 15 minutes and is also great cold as a tuna salad.


  • 2 tins of tuna in brine (or oil)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 300g Dried Pasta (I like using Farfalle or Penne, but really you can use whatever you prefer)
  • 3 tbsp Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 small tin of sweet corn
  • Salt and pepper


  • Chopped fresh coriander


  1. I like to use a wok to make this dish, just because you can use it easily to serve up by bringing it to the table and everybody can help themselves. You will also need a colander.
  2. Start by boiling a pan of water and start cooking the pasta. I always add a drop of olive oil to the pasta when I am boiling it. Then chop the onion and fry it in the olive oil in the wok until soft, then add the sweet corn (after draining the water from the tin) and fry for about 1 minute. Turn off the heat on the wok.
  3. Then drain the tuna in the colander over the sink to get rid of the brine/oil. Make sure the tuna is broken up and the liquid drained.
  4. When the pasta is cooked pour it over the tuna in the colander (make sure the colander is over the sink 😃 ) to drain the pasta from the water. Then add the hot pasta/tuna back to the wok and put the wok on very low heat while you mix everything together.
  5. Finally, remove from the heat, add the Mayonnaise to taste, and season with salt and pepper to suit. Stir the mayo in well.
  6. You can make it look fancy by adding some chopped coriander (but we don’t normally bother!).


Serving up: Wok on the table, one big serving spoon, and help yourselves!

This meal can be eaten later cold as a tuna pasta salad if you prefer it like that. After cooking just let it cool down before covering in a bowl and putting it in the fridge.

Keep cold in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 17g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Monday 4th of February 2019

This looks delicious and super easy! Thanks


Monday 4th of February 2019

Thanks Vanessa. It is - you should try it!

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