Lemony tuna, tomato & caper one-pot pasta

Give student staple tuna pasta a boost with capers, mascarpone, lemon zest and parmesan for a more sophisticated take on a budget-friendly midweek meal

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 672
  • fat 23g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 83g
  • sugars 12g
  • fibre 9g
  • protein 29g
  • salt 1.5g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 500g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 400g dried pasta (we used rigatoni)
  • 1l hot vegetable stock
  • 2 x 110g cans tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 3 tbsp mascarpone
  • 30g parmesan, grated
  • 2 heaped tbsp capers
  • ½ small bunch lemon, zested
  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and fry gently for 7 mins or until softened and turning translucent. Add 350g of the tomatoes, the pasta and veg stock to the pan and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 mins, uncovered, stirring occasionally. The tomatoes should have broken down and the pasta will be just cooked.

  2. Add the remaining tomatoes and bubble uncovered on a medium-high heat for 5 mins or until the liquid has reduced. Gently fold through large flakes of tuna, the mascarpone, parmesan, capers, lemon zest and parsley as well as salt and a generous grind of black pepper. Place a lid on the pan and leave to sit for 5 mins before serving in deep bowls.

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