Spaghetti, Tuna and Capers

Total Time
Prep 6 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a very simple recipe that will have you asking for more. Very healthy too. There are a few variations. This recipe is used in the regions of Naples and Molise in Italy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain oil from tuna and place in a heavy based frypan.
  2. Add diced onion and saute until soft and clear.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot, boil salted water and cook spaghetti.
  4. Dice tomatoes and add to pan.
  5. Stir the mixture over low heat.
  6. Add salt and peppercorns to taste.
  7. Add tuna to mixture and stir.
  8. Drain spaghetti.
  9. Add capers to mixture.
  10. Place spaghetti on warm plates.
  11. Place tuna mixture over top of spaghetti.
  12. Sprinkle parmesan cheese.
  13. Garnish with a few basil leaves.
  14. The secret of success is to work quickly and make sure that the mixture is not overcooked.
  15. As a variation, olive oil can be substituted with butter.
  16. Fettucine can be used instead of spaghetti.
Most Helpful

Easy, fast and delicious. Do I need to say more? And the best: I always have the ingredients at hand. So in case I need something quick, I could go for it. I like the combination of tuna and capers. And the tomatoes are not overhelming. With their sweet falvours they melt all the different flavours. I used Fettucine instead of Spaghetti and they were great. I think one could add more basil to the dish for another fresh herb flavour. Thanks for sharing.

Thorsten August 11, 2006

This was delicious and fast - what more could you want? I left out the onions, cut up a fresh tomato since I had some, threw it in the pan to heat up with the tuna and capers and some Italian seasoning shaken right from the container, threw the cooked spaghetti in that pan, gave it a stir and - DINNER'S SERVED!! I couldn't get over how delicious it was. Must be the olive oil from the tuna melding with the capers ..... yum!!!!!!

Brooklyn Cookin' October 21, 2005

Quick and simple. Make sure to use tuna with olive oil and don't try to sub it with other kind. I substituted capers with green olives cos that's what I prefer. Thanks for sharing.

flat footed fairy. November 29, 2008