Tuna Tomato Pasta Dinner for Two

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 22, 2013

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Weeknight dinners often start with pasta, but they don’t have to be the same-old, same-old.

The sauce can rely on a quick trick – tiny grape tomatoes sauté up very quickly in a skillet, along with some salty capers, fragrant garlic and a bit of tuna in olive oil. The sauce practically creates itself!

The second trick is to wilt some greens before you begin the tomatoes, to make a more complete meal in a bowl.

You can have a satisfying, tasty dinner on the table in 15-20 or so minutes if you put the pasta water on to heat the minute you get in the door from work.

It’s faster, cheaper, and more healthy than take-out.

Tuna Tomato Pasta Dinner for Two on Shockingly DeliciousAnd most of all, it’s much more delicious.

Recipe: Tuna Tomato Pasta Dinner for Two

Summary: Pasta and wilted greens with a quick pan sauce of grape tomatoes, capers and tuna in olive oil makes a fast, healthy and delicious weeknight dinner.


  • Trottole Pasta Shape on Shockingly Delicious4-5 ounces curly pasta (I used Trottole shaped pasta)
  • 1 (5- to 6-ounce) package triple-washed baby arugula or chard-spinach-arugula greens mix
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (I used Chilean olive oil, my new discovery!)
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers in brine (brine discarded)
  • 1 (12-ounce) container grape tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely minced
  • Bumble Bee Tonno in Olive OilPinch kosher salt
  • 1 (5-ounce) can Bumble Bee Prime Fillet® Solid Light Tuna – Tonno in Olive Oil
  • Garnish: snipped fresh chives, if you like


  1. Cook pasta in lightly salted boiling water according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a large nonstick skilled and add greens (no need for any fat). Cook greens for 1-2 minutes, until wilted, stirring often. Remove greens to a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Tuna Tomato Pasta Dinner for Two on Shockingly DeliciousIn the same large skilled (no need to wash it), heat olive oil on medium until shimmering. Add capers and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes to the skillet, turn heat up to medium-high, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic and salt and sauté mixture for another 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant but not burned. Add tuna and its oil and stir to combine and heat through. Turn heat off.
  4. Tuna Tomato Pasta Dinner for Two on Shockingly DeliciousWhen pasta is done, drain it.
  5. To serve, divide the greens between two shallow, wide bowls, add the pasta, and top with the cherry tomato tuna sauce. Snip some fresh chives on top if you like.
  6. Serves 2.

Quick notes

Bee Squad badgeI am a member of the Bee Squad for Bumble Bee tuna. Canned tuna makes an excellent protein for weeknight dinners because it is already cooked and ready to deploy.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Diet type: Pescatarian
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: Italian
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda @ Marocmama May 24, 2013 at 7:05 am

My kids are super picky when it comes to fish and seafood by my husband and I love it. This is a great meal I can easily make for us if I’m making something else for them. Thanks for sharing!


Richard May 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

Love the curly pasta, keeps it interesting. What a refreshing recipe. Thanks so very much…off I go to pickup some tuna and pasta 🙂


Geez Louise! May 23, 2013 at 7:41 am

I love pasta… it is my pantry dinner when I’m out of time.


sippitysup May 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

It’s like a high falutin’ tuna casserole all dressed up for grownups! GREG


Dorothy Reinhold May 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Exactly! And more delicious. 🙂


Renee May 22, 2013 at 4:50 am

Or you can put it into one big bowl and not share (ahem). Seriously great recipe. I think you made this one for me.


Dorothy Reinhold May 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Yeah, I thought about not sharing. But my daughter was waiting for lunch, and so I HAD to. 🙂


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