Spicy Tuna Pasta

This recipe came about as a result of having “nothing” in the fridge and kids coming for tea. A quick rummage in the store cupboard and the fridge came up with: a tin of tuna, a tin of tomatoes, pasta, 4 mushrooms, 1 green pepper and 1 onion, plus the usual garlic, chilli and tomato puree. Sometimes, having nothing in yields the best results and it cost nothing extra!

In my fridge I have: a jar of lazy garlic, a jar of lazy chilli, a jar of anchovies in oil, tomato puree tubes and various herbs in oil. They are a great standby and make life much easier (and quicker!).

Ingredients: (serves 6)

2 tbsps olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 mushroom, chopped very small

1 tsp lazy garlic

1 tsp lazy chilli

1 tin tuna

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tsp Italian herbs

2 tbsps tomato puree

1 anchovy chopped small


500 g penne pasta (or your choice), cooked al dente


  • Fry the onion in the olive oil until soft, then add the pepper and mushrooms, garlic and chilli, continue to fry for a few minutes.
  • Add the tuna, tomatoes, herbs, tomato puree and anchovy and continue cooking for 10 minutes. The anchovy will dissolve into the sauce and gives a delicious flavour to the dish.
  • Check the seasoning and add more if necessary, be careful of adding too much salt as this will already be salty.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan and combine.
  • Serve with some crusty bread and a green salad. Check out my salad dressings recipes for some great home made ideas.

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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