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Linguine with Canned Tuna, Olives, and Chile (Linguine al Tonno)

Kate Whitaker

Servings: 4

Please make sure you never use tuna in brine for this recipe, and if you like you can add some capers to the sauce.

This recipe is excerpted from Pasta Italiana. Read our review.


  • 10 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, drained and quartered
  • 5 anchovy fillets in oil, drained and chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chile flakes
  • 1 7-oz. can tuna in oil, drained and flaked
  • 2 Tbs. freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 18 oz. linguine of your choice
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, olives, and anchovies for 1 minute, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the tomatoes with the chile and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Scatter in the tuna with the parsley, season with a little salt, and mix together for 1 minute. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and return to the same pan over low heat.
  • Pour in the tuna, tomato, and olive sauce and stir everything together for 30 seconds to allow the flavors to combine.
  • Serve hot, and please don’t be tempted to serve it with grated cheese on top.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • Hils | 08/23/2017

    Absolutely delicious and very quick and easy. This is a firm favourite with all the family and I've even rustled it up for impromptu dinners with friends, and it's gone down a treat, and everyone always asks for the recipe - need I say more - try it, you'll love it!

  • Drew3555 | 05/04/2016

    This far exceeded our expectations! So full of flavors! We made as per the recipe with the exception of using 12 oz. of linguini instead of the 18 oz. called for. Can't wait to make it again!

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