Quick Dinner – Tuna Pasta with Arrabiata Sauce

This is a simple dish I always cook when I want to rush through a quick and healthy dinner. The inspiration was got from arrabiata sauce.

Tuna Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Quick Dinner - Tuna Pasta with Arrabiata Sauce

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Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Omnivore's Cookbook


  • Type of dry pasta you prefer
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 white onion chopped
  • 1 big tomato diced(or 1 can of peeled tomato)
  • 1 clove garlic minced (or 1/2 teaspoon of powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can tuna
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese powder


  • Boil enough salter water in a big pot to cook pasta.
  • During the time, do the prep for garlic, onion and tomato.
  • Put a middle size frypan over medium heat and add olive oil. 1 minute later add onion, stir occasionally, until it turns golden. Add tomato, garlic, basil, thyme and cayenne pepper, boil with low heat till the sauce thicken, in about 10 minutes. Add tuna and boil for another 5 minute. Season with salt and pepper. If the sauce is turning too dry, could add pasta cooking water.
  • Drain the cooked pasta, put into a plate. Pour the sauce over pasta, top with parmesan cheese powder, and season with pepper to taste and serve.


In the picture, I also added some mozzarella cheese to add texture.





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Hi I'm Maggie Zhu! Welcome to my site about modern Chinese cooking - including street food, family recipes, and restaurant dishes. I take a less labor-intensive approach while maintaining the taste and look of the dish. I am originally from Beijing, and now cook from my New York kitchen.

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