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Quick Tuna & Olive Spaghetti

This is one of my emergency, store-cupboard recipes that gets thrown together in the time it takes for the pasta to cook. It’s quick and easy as well as being a healthy, nutritious meal that the kids love! It’s also easy to substitute the spaghetti for a gluten-free variety and just omit the cheese (or substitute lactose free) to make it dairy-free too. One small tin of tuna goes a long way with this recipe and there’s no need for much seasoning as the tuna, olives and parmesan are all a little salty (depending on the variety you use). Halved, cherry tomatoes, stirred in with the spinach are also a nice addition or a crumbling of feta cheese on the top. If I make it for the whole family, the adult portions are topped with sliced spring onion.

Buzymum - Quick Tuna & Olive Spaghetti


  • 2 salad tomatoes, chopped (a few spoonfuls of chopped, tinned tomatoes will do)
  • Small (160g) tin tuna. We like it in spring water rather than brine as its less salty
  • Approx 30 pitted olives, halved. We like the green ones and usually buy them stuffed with pimento but plain, black or other stuffings will do!
  • Large glug olive oil
  • Grated parmesan cheese (you can substitute other hard cheeses if you prefer)
  • A few twists of pepper
  • Handful fresh spinach leaves- optional
  • Spaghetti. We like the whole wheat but substitute for gluten free if needed.


  • Get the spaghetti cooking
  • In a large frying pan, fry the tomatoes gently in a little olive oil with a twist of pepper, until soft
  • Fork through the tuna, breaking up the chunks into flakes and add to the tomatoes
  • Add the olives and allow to warm through, stirring occasionally
  • Once the spaghetti is cooked (best left with a little bite), drain and add to the frying pan
  • Add another twist of pepper and plug of olive oil and toss the spaghetti around until all is coated
  • At this point you can add the spinach if using. I like to shred it first and mix it in over the heat so it wilts a little but some prefer it raw and add it off the heat.
  • You can also add the parmesan and mix through but mine don’t all like it so I leave it on the table to add as desired.

Buzymum - Quick Tuna Spaghetti with olives and parmesan

Enjoy your Quick Tuna & Olive Spaghetti!!

Previous recipes: Easy Chicken & Bacon Risotto, Spaghetti & Mozzarella Meatballs, Gluten & Dairy Free Mini Fish Pies, Toad in the Hole with a Twist, Pop Chicken Nuggets, Chicken ‘Kinda’ Kiev  Crunchy Salmon Fishcakes, The Best BologneseQuick Spinach and Watercress Soup, Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake, Easy Bacon and Monkfish Risotto, Hake in a Cheesy SauceRoasted Vegetable Pasta SauceChinese SalmonChorizo and veg pasta & Homemade fish (or chicken) fingers.

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8 thoughts on “Quick Tuna & Olive Spaghetti

  1. I love recipes like this that just use ingredients from the store cupboard! I’ve never really liked olives, but then again it’s been a long time since I last tried them, so maybe it’s time I gave them another chance! x #KCACOLS

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