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Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta

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Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta

The easiest tuna pasta recipe around

I love this Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta recipe – 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 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 own inventions when I shared a house in Headington, Oxford many years ago. We would often take it in turns to cook.

On a late shift 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 🙂

This was the one! No real preparation and everything already in the larder.

I have never looked back. This super easy tuna pasta recipe has been in the 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 without having to shop. And for those of us (my daughter) who do not like onions or sweetcorn, you can selectively add these separately at the end of cooking.

Then everyone gets the ingredients they like.

The best Mayonnaise

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is the key ingredient to this dish as it provides the perfect accompaniment to the fish.

As you will see in my other recipes, we love Hellmann’s in this house (and before you ask, no, I am not sponsored by them – wish I was – we eat a lot of it 🙂 )

tuna salad

You can 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.

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

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

How to make tuna pasta

tuna salad

Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This quick and easy pasta with tuna is ready in 15 minutes and is aslo great as a tuna salad.


  • 2 tins of tuna in brine (or oil)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 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
  • Optional: chopped fresh coriander


  1. Again 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 sieve 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 poor 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 to the wok and put the wok on a very low heat while you mix everything together. Finally add the Mayonnaise to taste, and season with salt and pepper to suit. You could make it look fancy by adding some chopped coriander (but we don’t normally bother!).
  5. Seriously for an easy fish supper, there is no easier way!


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

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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 18g

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

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