Javier's Farfalle Tonno With Fresh Basil and Greek Olives

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

Entered for safe-keeping, lots of fresh ingredients to gussy up canned tuna. Two ounces of pasta is a serving, but DH would be very upset if that's all he got. Found on the internet by Javier Julio, and tweaked it a little.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, peel lemon and slice the lemon zest finely. Squeeze lemon juice and remove seeds.
  3. Break the drained tuna into small pieces. Complete chopping of spring onions, basil leaves, olives (and pimientos, if using).
  4. In a large skillet on medium heat, pour about 1/4 cup of olive oil and warm it lightly. Saute the spring onions for about 2 minutes. Once finished, turn off heat.
  5. Add in the lemon zest, basil, olives, tuna, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix the sauce well.
  6. Warm the sauce lightly just before adding in the pasta.
  7. Drain pasta, reserving about ½ cup of pasta water.
  8. Toss the pasta in with the sauce. Add in a small amount of the reserved pasta water, and mix well before serving. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Most Helpful

This was a great tuna dish, much enjoyed. Made exactly as written, sans the pimiento pepper, and served over mixed salad greens. I think this dish is best served at room temperature right after it is made. When it is cooled in the fridge the sauce is absorbed. However its easy to warm back up briefly in the microwave and then toss with olive oil to rehydrate. I would maybe add roasted red pepper strips or cherry tomatoes for more color (unfortunately I'm not a fan of pimientos) and extra basil too! The basil is such a lovely addition. Thanks to KateL and also to Karen Elizabeth as I made this on her recommendation. [Made for the I Recommend Tag].

averybird July 29, 2012

This was excellent, Kate, good on the palate and the eye!!! very easily prepared, I'm not a great tuna lover myself but DH is, so this was a great treat!!! The flavours come together in a fresh fusion, I loved the lemon in here especially. I had a little more tuna than I wanted to use in the pasta, so I kept it aside and DH had it next day on a sandwich and loved it all over again!!! Thank you Kate, lovely recipe, made for PRMR tag game

Karen Elizabeth July 10, 2012