Easy Weeknight Dinner: Tuna Tomato Pasta

Here’s one I “invented” (i.e., googled and tinkered) out of desperation one night before grocery day with nearly-empty cupboards. (You know, that “nearly-empty” kind of cupboard stuffed with cans of all sorts of nutritious substances you thought really important to stock up on… once upon a time.)

But with a scant half-hour before Daddy gets home, wailingly hungry kids, and a cupboard full of random cans, what do you do? Tuna tomato pasta, of course! A three-ingredient wonder. (Four, if you sprinkle some Parm on the top

This works best with some kind of big-noodle pasta, like rigatoni or giant shells. Last week I picked up some fancy pasta that calls itself Bucatini — it was tasty, but I’d prefer the shorter, fatter varieties of pasta if I had my druthers. But it’s a great way to change up this meal if it becomes a bit of a last-minute staple!

tuna pasta

So, here’s the nitty gritty. Ready? Go!


Easy Tuna Tomato Pasta


  • 18 oz. pasta noodles
  • 24 oz. pasta sauce/marinara
  • 3 cans tuna

BAM! And there you go. But if you want to get real fancy, add…

  • 1 tbsp. or so of minced garlic (I prefer pre-minced, for convenience, but if you’ve got the time, go for fresh!)
  • Chopped veggie, such as spinach or zucchini
  • Grated Parmesan


  1. Set salted water to boil in large pot. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. [Optional] FANCY: In large skillet (cast iron all the way!), heat up a tsp. or so of olive oil on med-high heat, then add minced garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped veggies and saute until just the way you like them (in my husband’s mind, until pulverized out of all shape and texture, lol).
  3. In skillet on high heat (either filled with garlic/veggies or simply a tsp. of olive oil), add three cans of drained tuna. “Saute” until liquid is gone and tuna is good and fragrant, almost with a bit of crispy to it.
  4. Add jar of marinara to skillet. Stir and keep on heat until warmed through.
  5. Pour sauce over drained pasta. Dish it out to the hungry hordes, and take a long-deserved sip of wine.


And that’s it! The first time I served it, it was a huge hit. And not too bad for a 30-minute throw-together meal!

I hope it blesses your family, and their tummies, too.



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