Sicilian Tuna Pasta with Garlic, Anchovies, and Capers

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Today I have for you an easy Sicilian style tuna pasta recipe that you will get in love with. All these simple ingredients like garlic, anchovies, capers, tuna, and pasta combines so well that you will think that all these ingredients were created specially for each other. This Italian tuna pasta is an ideal midweek dish when you need to cook something delicious and quick.

This simple Italian recipe is one of my go-to recipes when I need to prepare something quick and delicious without using a lot of ingredients. You will get surprised by how easy is this recipe and what taste you will get on your plate.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Sicilian Tuna pasta with chili on a gray plate.

Why you will love this recipe?

  • It is a classic Italian pasta recipe that you can put on the table in under 15 minutes.
  • You can make it from ingredients that we usually keep in the pantry. So this recipe is a lifesaver when your refrigerator is empty but you need to prepare something simple, quick, and delicious.
  • The ingredients are easy to find, they are not expensive, but you will be surprised by the taste you will get in the end.

What type of tuna should I use?

I used canned tuna preserved in oil because I had it under my hands, but you can also opt for tuna preserved in its own juice. If you opt for the second variant, add an extra tablespoon of oil.

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Sicilian Tuna pasta with chili on a gray plate.

What type of pasta should I use?

You can use any type of pasta you have at home. I prefer linguini or spaghetti.

Tips for making a better tuna pasta

  • If you want to get a more flavorful taste, remove the pasta 2 minutes before the time indicated on the package, and these 2 minutes prepare the pasta in the sauce you have prepared. By doing that, the pasta will get a more intense taste.
  • Be careful not to boil the pasta too much because it will become sticky and the Sicilian pasta will lose all its charm. It is best to prepare them “al dente”.
  • Use a minimum of 34 fl. oz (1 liter) of water and a teaspoon of salt for every 3 1/2 oz. (100 grams) of pasta.
  • Be careful not to burn the garlic and hot peppers because they will give a bitter taste to your food.
  • Even if you are not a fan of anchovies, I will recommend to not exclude it completely this ingredient because during the preparation it melts, but it will give an extra taste to the food that will be incomparable.
  • You can add also to the recipe zucchini and broccoli. They fit perfectly in this recipe and you will get extra nutrients into your plate.

Ingredients Needed for The Sicilian Tuna Pasta?

Ingredients for sicilian tuna pasta on white table
  • 7 oz. (200 grams) of Pasta.
  • 3 1/2 oz. (100 grams) of Canned Tuna.
  • 2 tablespoon of finely chopped Parsley
  • Lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 fillets of Anchovies
  • Salt & pepper to your taste.

Ingredients Swap:

  • Chili pepper. You can replace it with dried chili flakes.
  • Pasta. I used linguini pasta, but you can replace them with any other shape you prefer.
  • Capers. If you can’t find capers, you can replace them with olives.
  • Parsley. I consider this to be one of the cases in which parsley cannot be replaced with other types of aromatic herbs. If you don’t have parsley, then better avoid it altogether.

Step-by-Step Detailed Recipe:

For two servings, take a large saucepan, pour about 9 cups (2 liters) of water, and put it on the pan to boil. When the water starts boiling, add a tablespoon of salt and then put the pasta in the boiled water.

Read the instruction on the back of the pasta package to find the time for how long it should be boiled.

Boiling Spaghetti Pasta on hot water.

Meanwhile, while the pasta is boiling, take a frying pan and pour in it 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2-3 anchovies fillets, garlic cloves, a tablespoon of salted capers, and hot pepper to taste (you can also use dried chili flakes).

Lightly fry all these ingredients until you feel a pleasant smell of garlic (usually it will take you no more than 2-3 minutes). Be careful not to burn the garlic as it will become bitter.

Olive oil, chili pepper, garlic cloves frying on a pan.

When the above ingredients have flavored the oil, add the tuna and lemon zest into the pan. Mix the ingredients well and remove the pan from the hob.

Sicilian tuna pasta with garlic, capers and chili.

Let’s go back to pasta. When you will have ready the pasta (al dente, watch the cooking time on the box) put the pasta over the tuna and the rest of the ingredients that we just prepared.

In this frying pan where we have all our ingredients, pour about 1/3 – 1/4 cup of water in which we just boiled the pasta. Adjust the amount of water depending on how liquid you want the sauce to be.

Pouring water over spaghetti pasta.

Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into the pan to balance the taste and add extra freshness to the dish.

A hand squeezing the lemon over the pasta

In the end, add a little finely chopped parsley over the pasta and mix well all the ingredients.

Sicilian Tuna pasta with parsley and chili.

Our Sicilian style tuna pasta is ready to be served.

Sicilian Tuna pasta with chili on a gray plate.

Answering Your Questions:

Can You Freeze the Tuna Pasta?

Not really. There is no point in this. Because the cooking time is so short that it will be faster to make it from 0 than to wait for it to thaw.

How to Heat This Dish?

You can use a microwave or just to heat it on a pan, adding a few tablespoons of water and a tablespoon of oil.

But I still recommend eating it freshly-cooked, because re-heated pasta is not as good.

What to Serve With Tuna Pasta?

You can serve the pasta near a green salad seasoned with plenty of lemon juice and olive oil. A glass of white wine would also be a perfect fit.

Recipe Card:

Sicilian Tuna Pasta on gray plate

Easy Sicilian Tuna Pasta


  • Author: Victoria
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

Description

Delicious and easy Sicilian Tuna Pasta that you can make in 15 minutes using only capers, anchovies, garlic, lemon, chili pepper, and parsley. This recipe is a life saver if you’re looking for a quick and delicious midweek recipe.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. (200 grams) of Pasta.
  • 3 1/2 oz. (100 grams) of Canned Tuna.
  • 2 tablespoon of finely chopped Parsley
  • Lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 3 fillets of Anchovies
  • Salt & pepper to your taste.

Instructions

1. Take a large saucepan, pour about 9 cups (2 liters) of water, and put it on the pan to boil. When the water starts boiling, add a tablespoon of salt and then put the pasta in the boiled water.

2. Meanwhile, while the pasta is boiling, take a frying pan and pour in it 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2-3 anchovies fillets, garlic cloves, a tablespoon of salted capers, and hot pepper to taste. Lightly fry all these ingredients for 2-3 minutes until you will feel a pleasant garlic smell.

3. After that, add the tuna and lemon zest into the pan. Mix the ingredients well and remove the pan from the hob.

4. Back to our pasta. When you will have ready the pasta, put the pasta over the tuna and the rest of the ingredients that we just prepared.

5. Pour about 1/3 – 1/4 cup of water in which we just boiled the pasta. Adjust the amount of water depending on how liquid you want the sauce to be.

6. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into the pan to balance the taste and add extra freshness to the dish.

7. In the end, add a little finely chopped parsley over the pasta and mix well all the ingredients.

8. Our Sicilian-style tuna pasta is ready to be served.


Notes

  • Use a minimum of 34 fl. oz (1 liter) of water and a teaspoon of salt for every 3 1/2 oz. (100 grams) of pasta.
  • Be careful not to burn the garlic and hot peppers because they will give a bitter taste to your food.
  • If you want to get a more flavorful taste, remove the pasta 2 minutes before the time indicated on the package, and these 2 minutes cook the pasta in the sauce you have prepared. By doing that, the pasta will get a more intense taste.
  • Category: Dinner, Lunch
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 548 Cal

Keywords: italian, pasta, sicilian, tuna

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