Tuna, Olive and Tomato Spaghetti

Tuna, Olive and Tomato Pasta

I love living in Cornwall but I often miss out on attending foodie events because I live so far away from London (a small price to pay for living in such a beautiful part of the country). I was invited to attend a Taste of Spain Olive masterclass with chef Omar Allibhoy on the 14th September in London, which unfortunately I had to turn down due to travel costs. However, Taste of Spain made sure I didn’t miss out altogether and sent me some Olives through the post so I could have a go at creating some of my own recipes. 

This Tuna, Olive and Tomato Spaghetti was born after a late one at work. It takes less than 20 minutes to make, which is great  for when time is short. I made this for myself and hubby (the kids had already eaten at Nana’s house), so I added lots of fresh red chilli. However, Rory took a liking to it and ended up eating half of mine (he’s a toddler that likes his chilli....and olives!) and in the process splattered his PJ’s in tomato sauce. It was a success all round!


| Serves: 2  | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes | Total Time: 20 Minutes |


  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 TSP fresh thyme leaves
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Big pinch of sugar
  • Handful of green olives, sliced
  • 1 small tin of tuna in brine, drained and flaked
  • Seasoning
  • 250g spaghetti


  • Step 1: Put a large pan of water on a high heat for the spaghetti.
  • Step 2: Heat some oil in a frying pan and cook the onion, garlic, chilli and thyme for 5 minutes until soft. Add the tomatoes, sugar, olives and tuna and simmer.
  • Step 3: Add the spaghetti to the pan of now boiling water and cook until al dente, drain and toss with the sauce. Season to taste.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 22nd Spetember 2011 |


  1. Oh yeah, that sounds really tasty. I might just add a few capers to it too.

  2. seafood gos well with pasta:)

  3. I couldn't go to that either but they didn't send me any olives :(
    Lovely recipe Beth I'll have to give this a go - looks delish!

  4. I made this last night and loved it.
    Quick and delicious - my favorite combo. I had to use tuna packed in soybean oil because that's all I could get at the local store but I'm not sure how much difference I'd taste if was packed in olive oil. Will definitely make this again.


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