Linguine with Tuna and Capers

Linguine with Tuna and Capers is a quick and flavorful pasta dish combining the briny taste of capers with the rich, savory flavors of tuna and tomatoes. Perfect for a weeknight dinner, this recipe is both simple to prepare and delightfully satisfying.

Preparation Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 12 ounces linguine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (5-6 ounces) tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


Cook the Linguine:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta.

Prepare the Sauce:

  1. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chopped onion, and sauté until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the tomatoes to break down slightly.
  3. Add the flaked tuna, capers, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to combine and cook for another 2-3 minutes until heated through.

Combine and Serve:

  1. Add the cooked linguine to the skillet, tossing to combine with the sauce. If the pasta seems dry, add a splash of the reserved pasta cooking water until you reach the desired consistency.
  2. Stir in the chopped parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Serve immediately, topped with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Main Course: Serve with a side of garlic bread and a green salad.
  • Light Meal: Pair with a crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.

Cooking Tips:

  • Pasta Water: Always reserve some pasta water before draining to help adjust the consistency of your sauce.
  • Tuna: Use high-quality tuna in olive oil for the best flavor.
  • Fresh Herbs: Substitute parsley with fresh basil for a different flavor profile.

Nutritional Benefits:

  • Tuna: High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health.
  • Capers: Low in calories and rich in antioxidants.
  • Tomatoes: Packed with vitamins C and K, and the antioxidant lycopene.

Dietary Information:

  • Pescatarian: This recipe is suitable for a pescatarian diet.
  • Dairy-Free: Omit the Parmesan cheese for a dairy-free option.
  • Nut-Free: This dish is naturally nut-free.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Quick and Easy: Ready in just 30 minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight.
  • Flavorful: A delightful combination of tuna, capers, and tomatoes with a hint of garlic.
  • Versatile: Can be served as a light meal or a more substantial main course.


Linguine with Tuna and Capers is a deliciously simple pasta dish that brings together the bold flavors of tuna and capers with the freshness of tomatoes and parsley. Ready in just half an hour, it’s an excellent choice for a nutritious and satisfying meal. Enjoy this dish with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of Parmesan for an added touch of flavor.

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