Easy Pantry Tuna Penne

Easy Pantry Tuna Penne


Easy Pantry Tuna Penne
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Looking for an update on a quick homemade pasta recipe? Easy Pantry Tuna Penne, made with a few simple ingredients, gets an extra kick with crushed red pepper flakes and a dash of protein with tuna. Add a few veggies to the dish to make it a healthy weeknight dinner. This 30 minute meal can serve six people, so it's great for a larger family. If tuna is on the menu tonight, then try this tuna and pasta dish.


Serving note: If you prefer, divide pasta among 6 plates; top with sauce


Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time10 min


  • 1 box uncooked Dreamfields Penne
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (5-ounce) cans water-packed tuna, drained



  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes until onion becomes translucent, stirring constantly (watch carefully so garlic does not burn).
  3. Stir in tomatoes with juice, parsley, lemon juice and capers. Cook 1 minute; add red pepper flakes to taste.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 3 to 5 minutes to thicken sauce, stirring frequently.
  5. Gently stir in tuna; heat through.
  6. Add pasta to sauce. Stir gently to coat.


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I've always loved penne and I use it in most of our pasta recipes. I like the texture and size of the pasta especially when it's already mixed with the sauce. I haven't tried penne with tuna so I'd try it one of these days. Tuna is a very healthy food, rich on omega-3 fatty acids which is great in protecting your heart. Love the penne, they look strong and sturdy.

I'm not usually a huge fan of tuna-related meals, but this actually sounds really good. Definitely gonna give it a go.

I wonder if this freezes well. The recipe would feed us for two meals. Definitely going to try it!


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