Pasta with Tuna & Capers

Lee Thayer


I like pasta, canned tuna in oil, and capers, this is an excellent dish. Note, this will not work with tuna packed in water, spring water, or brine; oil only, olive oil is preferred, but if only soybean oil packed is available (where I live in Thailand) use that and a splash of olive oil and the dish will be fine.


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5 Min
20 Min


  • 115 g
    dry spiral or penne pasta
  • 1 can(s)
    tuna in olive oil
  • 1
    small onion, diced
  • 1 pinch
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp
    capers, drained
  • 1/4 c
    dry white wine or 1/4 cup water + 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1
    handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ·
    lemon pepper, as desired
  • ·
    olive oil, as desired

How to Make Pasta with Tuna & Capers


  1. Heat a pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until tender. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, drain the oil from the tuna into a large non stick pan, heat the oil on medium heat, when hot, add the onion and chili flakes, saute until the onion is translucent and tender.
  3. Add the tuna, capers, and wine and stir together. Allow to come to a low boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes, add a touch more wine if the sauce is drying out. Season as desired with lemon pepper.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes and parsley and mix together. Cook for another minute.
  5. When the pasta is ready, drain well, then add to the pan. Toss with the sauce.
  6. Divide between two plates, sprinkle with lemon black pepper as desired. Enjoy.

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About Pasta with Tuna & Capers

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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