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Tuna Spaghetti Recipe

by Adrianne

Tuna Spaghetti is for dinner. This quick and easy Tuna Spaghetti recipe is a creamy delicious bowl of goodness that is a perfect pasta dish. Similar to our Tomato Spaghetti, with its own unique flavour, it will be on your table in 15 minutes!

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Blue Cheese Mac and CheeseMoroccan Lamb CouscousTurkey Chilli Con Carne, Ground Beef Casserole, are all delicious dinner recipes you will love!  As are all of our pasta recipes!

Tuna Spaghetti is for dinner!

This quick and easy tuna spaghetti recipe is a creamy delicious bowl of goodness

How handy are Quick and Easy meals? They result in a less stressful more organised house hold and it helps if they are super tasty of course!

Recently I have been trying to provide you with quick and easy dinner options to make your life easier.

These are a couple of good ones:

This Tuna Spaghetti recipe is exactly that. Quick, easy and on the table in 15 minutes! (WOO HOO, I can hear you say!)

Ain’t nobody got time for that

Haha, that is such a bogan (Aussie slang for an unsophisticated person) expression, but still, I LOVE IT because it is true! Having a kitchen that is clean during the week and not a growing pile of dishes is a bloody good feeling. When you cast your eye over the kitchen bench and it is a clean space, it is much better than when there are dishes everywhere!

That is why I decided to whip up some of my favourite quick and easy meals and bring them from my home into yours.

This tuna spaghetti is so easy that you will want to make it every week!

The best thing about the recipe other than how quick and easy it is, is that it TASTES DELICIOUS. Look forward to the best type of comfort food you have ever tried!

It is also incredibly cheap to make. It wasn’t my focus point in developing this recipe but when I stepped back to think about it, I was suprised.

This recipe is about flavour. Simple flavours that work well together using easy to prepare ingredients.

There are so many options when working with pasta. This Tuna Spaghetti combines flavour with texture and does not forget about the YUM factor!

Tuna Spaghetti dry pasta

Canned Tuna Recipes for dinner

There are only 7 ingredients that go into this super tasty spaghetti.

They are:

  • Tuna, drained, (I always have some in the pantry)
  • Cream, to make our tuna spaghetti smooth and tasty
  • Spinach, fresh is best, although frozen will do
  • Parsley, fresh is best, can use dried if you don’t have any
  • Capers, can’t skip this they provide the salty flavour and unique texture
  • Pepper as a finishing touch
  • Parmsesan for the ‘yum factor!’

With a few simple ingredients, we can have a tasty and refined spaghetti on our table!

Tuna Spaghetti ingredients

Creamy Pasta Sauce

We use cream for our pasta sauce with some left over water from the saucepan. This allows us to cover the spaghetti with the sauce ingredient, but not drown it. I love a bit of spaghetti which is almost naked and that is achieved through the combination of ingredients without overdoing it.

 The capers bring their own salt to the dish, so we don’t need to add further salt

A little sprinkle of parmesan and and cracked pepper of top and we are good to EAT!!

Vegetarian if you like

As much as I try and provide recipes with a VEGAN option, with this one it is just not possible. The tuna, parmesan and cream all don’t qualify. If however, you like the sound of the recipe, but want to put a vegetarian spin on it, you would substitute your favourite non animal product for the tuna (fake bacon perhaps) and keep the rest of the recipe the same.

Creamy Tuna Pasta recipe

Another winner about this dish is we only need one pot to make it!! (YAY!! No mess, no fuss).

We do that by cooking the pasta in a saucepan, using that same pot to start and stir the remaining ingredients for the sauce and then adding the pasta back in to stir it through.

I am always happier to put my hand up for the washing up if there is less not more of it and I am sure you are too!

Tuna Spaghetti process shot

Set aside the spaghetti after it is cooked and start on the sauce.

Tuna Spaghetti processed shot

The water and cream, should go in 1st, giving them a chance to know each other before we add the tuna, spinach and capers. 

Tuna Spaghetti process shot

How to make Tuna Spaghetti

Let’s talk it out.

For this recipe to be easy, we need to get those ingredients (if we don’t already have them) onto our shopping list. We don’t use too many tools of the kitchen trade to cook the Tuna Spaghetti and the most labour intensive part of the dish is opening our tuna can (I use a flat butter knife) .

There is something so comforting about a bowl of pasta with a fork to twirl it all together. This quick and easy tuna spaghetti once mastered will be on repeat in your cookbook!

Capers are great for bringing flavour and texture to dishes. They have a salty taste which compliments the tuna and contrasts with the spinach.

Close up of blue plate with tuna spaghetti

Salty capers and creamy pasta  = SUPER TASTY!

Tuna Spaghetti zoomed image showing close up of form with spaghetti

Tuna Spaghetti Quick Info

About the recipe:

  • The spaghetti is best served hot
  • The tuna comes from a can
  • It takes less than 15 minutes to make this recipe
  • It is a great week night meal for busy households

To answer your questions:

  1. You can freeze and reheat this dish
  2. You can use any pasta for the dish
  3. For a vegetarian option, omit the tuna 
  4. This is a SUPER EASY dinner recipe to make

A loaf of garlic bread in the oven, cooking itself whilst you do the pasta is a nice touch for hungry mouths

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Tuna Spaghetti

Tuna Spaghetti is for dinner. This Quick and Easy Tuna Spaghetti Recipe is a creamy delicious bowl of goodness. It will be on your table in 15 minutes!
5 from 29 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: tuna spaghetti, tuna spaghetti, quick and easy tuna spaghetti
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 651kcal
Author: Adrianne

Ingredients

Tuna Spaghetti

  • 400 grams egg spaghetti
  • 1 tsp olive oil to cook pasta
  • 200 grams tuna drained
  • 4 cups spinach leaves loosely packed
  • 1 cup heavy dollop cream
  • 1 cup left over pasta water Note 1
  • 1/2 cup capers
  • 1/4 cup parsley to garnish
  • 1 tbsp pepper cracked, black, to garnish
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese to serve

Instructions

Tuna Spaghetti

  • Fill a medium sized saucepan with water, place the lid on and bring to the boil (NOTE 2)
  • Remove lid and add pasta with olive oil splash
  • Cook spaghetti, using a fork to separate for 8 minutes, until al dente. Remove from pan, drain and keep 1 cup leftover pasta water
  • Add cream and water to the saucepan at a simmer, (NOTE 3) stir to combine.
  • Add tuna, spinach, capers and stir
  • Add spaghetti to the sauce and continue to stir until pasta coats sauce
  • Serve with cracked pepper, parsley and parmesan cheese

Notes

  • NOTE 1 tap water can be used instead of the pasta water if preferred 
  • NOTE 2: Having the lid on the saucepan when heating the water will mean it heats much faster. I sometimes also boil the kettle and use that water when I am in a hurry. 
  • NOTE 3: Simmer is a term for a low heat for cooking. The water and cream need to melt in together and not burn, so a low heat is best and will achieve this. 

Nutrition

Calories: 651kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 807mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4060IU | Vitamin C: 14.7mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 3.7mg
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Recipe inspiration

Life got easier for us today with this Tuna Spaghetti recipe, didn’t it? It is SO handy and ticks to many boxes, namely quick, easy and how could we forget DELICIOUS! 

I never stuck my fork in a bowl of pasta I didn’t like 🙂 (Haha, I tried!)

As always, I love to have you here on the blog, give me a shout if you have any questions.

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Adrianne xx

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Shashi at SavorySpin May 15, 2019 - 8:31 am

5 stars
When I was young, my mom would make a tuna casserole that I went gaga over – your dish reminds me of hers – so tasty and filling!

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 8:50 am

Great to hear, I am sure your mom’s dish was delicious, sounds good!

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Veena Azmanov May 15, 2019 - 11:24 am

5 stars
Perfect and delicious. Love the Tuna combination to it. My family to love it.

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 11:32 am

Great feedback thanks Veena!!

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kim May 15, 2019 - 11:28 am

5 stars
Easy and delicious! This is a family favorite recipe!

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 11:32 am

True. Cheers Kim!!

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Gloria | Homemade & Yummy May 15, 2019 - 12:14 pm

5 stars
I happen to LOVE the combination of tuna and pasta. This tuna spaghetti looks like a winner dinner any night of the week. Easy to make too. Bonus for when you are short on time and need to feed the family.

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 12:21 pm

Exactly Gloria! It’s so tasty but still simple and delicious. Thanks for your feedback, appreciate it!

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Sara Welch May 15, 2019 - 2:04 pm

5 stars
This is just what I was looking for for dinner tonight! Looks delicious and I bet my kids will love this!

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 7:28 pm

Thanks Sara! Yes, I hope they do. The tuna flavour is not too strong so if they don’t like fish they will still enjoy a good old spaghetti.

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Anita @ Daily Cooking Quest May 15, 2019 - 8:00 pm

5 stars
I love simple pasta recipe like this, and I love tuna AND capers! I happen to have all the ingredients at home too, minus the fresh spinach, so gotta do some grocery run soon. 🙂

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 8:28 pm

Sounds great Anita. Me too. Capers are the best!!

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Estelle May 15, 2019 - 8:15 pm

This looks delicious and so simple! I make pasta every week for my toddler and usually she just takes it with butter but I think she would love this!!

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 9:38 pm

That is great to hear Estelle. I think she would too!

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Debbie May 15, 2019 - 9:26 pm

I love your spin on this classic dish. The additon of spinach is something I would have never thought of.

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Adrianne May 15, 2019 - 9:38 pm

Thanks Debbie. I enjoy your positive vibes!

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Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life May 15, 2019 - 10:02 pm

5 stars
tuna and pasta – what a great combo! I’m dairy-free, but can easily sub out the parm & cream for DF cheese & DF cream substitutions that I always use with pasta sauces. Can’t wait to try it. Yum!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 2:20 am

That is great to hear thanks Marlynn!! Your options sound fab.

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Matt @ Plating Pixels May 15, 2019 - 10:04 pm

5 stars
Those noodles look fabulous and totally need to find them! I’m a huge fan of canned tuna as well.

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 2:20 am

Cheers Matt. I got mine at Aldi if that helps. They have heaps of different names for them like spaghetti or egg noodles.

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Jessie May 16, 2019 - 3:15 am

5 stars
This was so quick and easy and so delicious!! Made this tonight for dinner I LOVE Tuna and Pasta so this was such a win for me plus I have some for lunch tomorrow!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 3:22 am

Perfect. Great to hear. Thanks Jessie!

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MARISA May 16, 2019 - 3:16 am

5 stars
Love how simple yet satisfying this dish is. I like that you added spinach too… it’s a meal in one pot!

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Mikayla May 16, 2019 - 3:46 am

5 stars
I love a simple pasta dish like this, and canned tuna is a life saver!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 4:14 am

It is isn’t it Mikayla! Thanks for your feedback.

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Natalie May 16, 2019 - 4:48 am

5 stars
This spaghetti dish looks so delicious! I love tuna and never tired it with spaghetti. YUM!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 5:46 am

Me too, thanks Nat!!

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Brian Jones May 16, 2019 - 6:21 am

5 stars
I use all sorts of canned fish to make quick pasta dishes, this one sounds delicious, looking forward to adding it into my rotation

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 7:19 am

Awesome, great to hear Brian!

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Tisha May 16, 2019 - 6:27 am

5 stars
Love this for a quick easy dinner!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 7:20 am

Me too thanks Tisha!

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Sylvie May 16, 2019 - 10:00 am

5 stars
You know I can be a bit extra when it comes to desserts, but i’m all about easy and quick dinner recipes like this one!! So easy and full of delicious flavours – I actually had tuna pasta yesterday and its the best!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 10:18 am

Oh nice!! Tuna pasta is the best. It is easy hey, but still good flavours. Yes, you and your hrs long desserts, that are delicious by the way haha!!

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Shivani Raja May 16, 2019 - 10:30 am

5 stars
I love how you’ve styled these photos – the pasta looks so inviting! Great that there’s a veggie option too 🙂 have a great rest of the week Adrianne!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 10:32 am

Awww thanks Shivani!! I know you are a pro styler so I love your compliment. Thanks x You too.

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Michelle May 16, 2019 - 10:53 am

5 stars
I love how quick and easy to make this is. I’m a veggie, so thank you so much for always including a veggie/vegan option. I will definitely try the veggie version x

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Danielle Wolter May 16, 2019 - 11:10 am

5 stars
this is like totally upgraded tuna helper (which i used to devour at a younger age). It sounds so delicious and easy to make!!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 11:22 am

Yes for sure Danielle!!

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Kate Hackworthy May 16, 2019 - 11:28 am

5 stars
I”m always a sucker for anything with capers and this pasta looks incredible!

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Adrianne May 16, 2019 - 3:46 pm

Thanks Kate! They are so underrated but pack their own little punch!

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Ramona May 17, 2019 - 7:02 am

5 stars
What a delightful dish and a great idea to use capers. I never thought of putting them in a pasta dish but will definitely try this now.

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 7:20 am

Cheers Ramona!! They are very tasty in the dish.

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Dannii May 17, 2019 - 8:22 am

5 stars
We make something very similar every couple of weeks. It’s such a great cupboard raid meal and really quick too.

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 8:42 am

Sounds good Dannii!!

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Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry May 17, 2019 - 9:02 am

5 stars
I love quick and easy meals like this as a busy mom! This looks absolutely delicious.

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 9:07 am

Thanks Bintu!! I can imagine how busy it would be!!

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Shashi at SavorySpin May 17, 2019 - 9:34 am

I find tuna and pasta so comforting – my mom used to make a casserole with the two and this reminds me of hers! Sounds so good!

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 9:48 am

Thanks Shashi! I have good memories of Mum’s cooking too. Your mum’s casserole sounds great!

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Alina | Cooking Journey Blog May 17, 2019 - 9:58 am

5 stars
Such a simple dinner idea, but flavor of the sauce brings everything to the next level! Thanks for sharing.

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 11:17 am

No worries Alina! Glad you like it.

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Claudia Canu May 17, 2019 - 11:15 am

5 stars
I love the added spinach with the pasta, plus, the capers must give it a very special flavor. I’ll definitely give this recipe a try!

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 11:18 am

Cheers Claudia! Yes the capers are key for sure. Enjoy.

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Beth Neels May 17, 2019 - 5:11 pm

5 stars
I love quick and easy meals for dinner! It makes my life so much easier! Love that this is fresh and delicious, not too heavy! I can’t wait to try it!

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 7:41 pm

Thanks Beth! I hope you l love it. Cheers

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Lesli Schwartz May 17, 2019 - 6:22 pm

5 stars
This is a wonderful twist on tuna casserole! And, it looks a zillion times more tasty! Can’t wait to try this tuna pasta dish!

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Adrianne May 17, 2019 - 7:42 pm

Cheers Lesli! Great to hear your feedback.

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Robyn May 19, 2019 - 3:45 am

5 stars
This sounds such a delicious meal, love the fact it is so quick and easy. Definitely can’t wait to try this!

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Adrianne May 19, 2019 - 8:59 am

Cheers Robyn, appreciate that!

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Sally May 20, 2019 - 12:04 am

5 stars
Love quick weeknight pasta meals – especially when made with pantry staples!

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Adrianne May 20, 2019 - 12:15 am

Absolutely Sally, cheers for your feedback!!

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Chichi June 2, 2019 - 7:55 am

Quick and easy meals are the best meals. I love making pasta with as in. This tuna pasta is just perfect. Yummy

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Adrianne June 2, 2019 - 9:26 am

Thanks Chichi! Appreciate your feedback.

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Chichi June 2, 2019 - 7:57 am

5 stars
Quick and easy meals are the best meals. I love making pasta with add ins. This tuna pasta is just perfect. Yummy

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Adrianne June 3, 2019 - 10:10 am

Thanks Chichi, appreciate your feedback!!

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