Tomato and Tuna Sauce with Olives
Tomato Sauce with Tuna and Olives

Tomato and Tuna Sauce with Olives

Tomato and Tuna Sauce with Olives

This is one of my favorite and easiest recipes that I know. I usually make this with Linguini or thicker Bucatini but it doesn’t matter that much which pasta you use it’s always good and spicy.

tomato sauce with tuna

Tomato and Tuna Sauce with Olives

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Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizers, Main Courses
Cuisine Pasta & Sauces
Servings 4 servings


  • 300 gr pasta (speghetti, linguini or bucatini)
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • 3 anchovy filets finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsely finely chopped
  • 1 170gr can of tuna packed in oil
  • 1 400 gr whole canned tomatoes
  • 20-30 black Greek or Italian olives
  • 4 tbsp capers drained (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oil in a deep pan and saute the garlic and red pepper flakes just until you can begin to smell it and add the anchovies and parsley and saute for a moment more. Add the crushed up canned tuna and mix it in well.
  • Add the can of tomatoes and 1/3 can of water. Crush the tomatoes with a potato masher and add the salt, sugar and black pepper.
  • Cover and cook on a low simmer for 15 minutes add the olives and it's done.
  • Put on a pot of water for the pasta and when it comes to a boil add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.


I don't really have any extra tips or tricks for the recipe except to say that it really only simmers for 15 or 20 minutes. Cooking longer will just kill it's flavor.
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I don't have many canapes here. The ones I share are super quick, very tasty and most of all tasty. Your guests will appreciate the effort.

A Quick Note

I wanted to take a minute to say that I do try and weigh as many of the ingredients as I can. I think it helps make recipe results more consistent. Of course professional bakers even measure liquids by weight. I don't mind pulling out my little digital scale when I need to.