Easy Sicilian Style Tuna Pasta AKA Pasta Puttanesca
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Easy Sicilian Style Tuna Pasta

Deliciously simple, this Easy Sicilian Style Tuna Pasta is my easy peasy take on the traditional Italian dish of Pasta Puttanesca.
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian, Sicilian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Eb Gargano


  • 25 g anchovy fillets in olive oil freeze any leftovers for next time
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 4 tablespoons black olives halved
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes or more if you love chilli!
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced or crushed
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Black pepper
  • 300 g penne pasta or whatever shape you prefer
  • 160 g tin tuna chunks or steak drained
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Small handful of basil chopped


  • Put the anchovies and a little of the anchovy oil in the pan and heat over a very low heat, breaking up the anchovies with a spoon.
  • Next, add the capers, olives, garlic and chilli to the pan. Cook everything, stirring regularly, for about 2 minutes, until the anchovies have dissolved completely and the garlic is cooked but not burnt.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes and black pepper and bring to the boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Next, put your pasta on to boil. Cook the pasta until it is just al dente – this should take about 10 minutes.
  • When your pasta is about a minute away from being ready, add the tuna to the sauce along with the lemon juice and half the basil. Stir and break up the tuna a little, but not completely.
  • Drain the pasta and tip it into the sauce, along with a tablespoon or two of the cooking water.
  • Stir everything together and serve scattered with the rest of the basil and a couple of extra twists of black pepper.