Penne with Creamy Tomato Tuna Sauce

Penne with Creamy Tomato Tuna Sauce

4 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 30 minutes

This is my absolute favourite pasta dish and it's very easy if you make the tomato sauce ahead of time. Don't substitute for the homemade tomato sauce; it's not nearly as good with canned.


6 ounces Whole wheat penne
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove Garlic
5 large Sun-dried tomatoes; chopped
7 large Oil-cured black olives; pitted
1 85-gram tin Tuna; drained
1/4 cup 5% cream
1 cup Homemade tomato sauce
1 medium Onion; finely chopped
1 clove garlic; finely chopped
4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 28-oz can Crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon Dried chiles; crushed
5 leaves Fresh basil; torn
Salt; to taste

Original recipe makes 3 Servings




This makes approximately 3 cups. I make it ahead and freeze it in 1 cup quantities perfect for this recipe.

Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion garlic and chiles and saute gently until onion is soft. Add tomatoes and simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Add salt and basil leaves and stir to combine.


Cook penne according to package instructions for al dente.

Heat oil over medium heat and add garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Cook until garlic is golden. Add tomato sauce, mix to blend well and heat through. Break tuna into chunks and add to sauce. Cook for about one minute more. Keep sauce warm.

When penne is just about done, add cream to sauce and stir until it is well absorbed. Don't allow the sauce to boil at this point. Drain penne and add to sauce mixing well. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving, if desired.


BigOven Tip: Easily make this ahead of time! Tomato sauce can be prepared up to 36 hours in advance.

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There's a few items with vague quantities. But I managed. Use a small can of tuna, quantity of pasta is left up to you as well. Also the sun dried tomatoes aren't sold as whole tomatoes as far as I know. But just use your best guess ;)
jmschaub 5y ago

Excellent dish! Delicious midweek meal and so easy to make. Great job stevemur
Nariman 5y ago

I substituted canned chicken for the tuna and it was very tasty. USE THE HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE IN THE RECIPE.
Cyrano 9y ago

posted on behalf of susanjm
stevemur 10y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
stevemur 10y ago

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