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Spaghetti / pasta with tomato sauce and tuna

A simple yet amazingly tasty storecupboard recipe for lunch or dinner
paul thorley

Paul Thorley

Ingredients (serves 2)

Tomato pasta sauce

  • 1 tin of plum tomatoes (not chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 75 ml red wine (optional)
  • Teaspoon sea salt
  • Teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Tablespoon of dried oregano

Pasta / Spaghetti:

  • Follow the instructions on any packet pasta you use. (You can make this in advance and keep in the fridge and re-heat if easier)
  • 1 Tin of tuna
  • Handful of jarred black olives

Make extra yummy:

  • Grated parmesan – or any Italian hard cheese (or just any cheese!)
  • Dried oregano (or fresh basil if you have any)
  • Dried chilli flakes (if you like it spicy)


Pasta sauce:

In a saucepan, put the tomatoes and wine in, crush the 2 cloves of garlic and place on a high heat. When warm get a potato masher and mash the tomato mixture so it’s smoother. The aim is to reduce the tomatoes to about 1/3rd until it’s a thick sauce. Once reduced, add the salt, pepper and oregano and stir in. Set aside.

Pasta / spaghetti:

Simply follow the cooking instructions on the packet pasta until cooked, then drain with a sieve or colander.


This is such a simple but great tasting store cupboard dishes. Simply put the cooked pasta in the pan with the pasta sauce and stir on a low heat. Add the drained tuna and the olives and combine. Place into a bowl or a plate, then sprinkle the dried oregano (or fresh basil) and add the cheese and finish with some cracked black pepper. You can also add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil if you have any!


If you are a vegetarian then the tuna can simply be removed from the recipe!

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