Delicioso Tuna Puttanesca Recipe

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While walking down the streets in Naples, I’m sure one of the local restaurant would have tuna puttanesca on their menu. It is a simple and delicious recipe. I haven’t had the privilege of travelling Italy, but if I did, part of my motivation would be the food. Tuna puttanesca would certainly be one of the foods I would target.

Mediterranean food is always one of my favourites. There is just something about it. Whether it be the mixture of oils, garlic, and fresh vegetables or something else. Perhaps the seafood.

Tuna puttanesca is such a simple dish with incredible flavours. One I highly recommend.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins Servings: 4 Calories: 355 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Tuna puttanesca is an Italian dish. It originated in Naples. It is one of my favourite meals due to it's simplicity and wonderful flavours. The entire recipe can be done in about 30 minutes. This makes it a great midweek meal. 



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  1. Add the spaghetti to a pot of salted boiling water. Cook for about 10 minutes until al denté. Strain and set aside.

  2. Add the olive oil to a pan over medium high heat followed by the garlic. Stir for a couple of minutes until the garlic is fragrant. 

  3. Put the olives in followed by the capers, hot pepper flakes, and parsley. Stir until well combined.

  4. Add the tuna in stir and break down. Cook for about 1 minutes. 

  5. Put the tomatoes in and season with the pepper. Stir and bring it to a boil. 

  6. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for about 8 minutes. 

  7. Place the pasta in and toss until completely coated and combined. 

  8. Plate, serve, and enjoy your delicioso tuna puttanesca. 

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 355kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.1g4%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Cholesterol 22.1mg8%
Sodium 641mg27%
Potassium 173mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 48g16%
Dietary Fiber 7g29%
Sugars 2.6g
Protein 25.3g51%

Vitamin A 3.8 IU
Vitamin C 9.5 mg
Calcium 1.8 mg
Iron 28.1 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


Original puttanesca recipes use anchovies. I don't like them, so I left them out. By all means, use them if you like. You can vary the amounts of the other ingredients as well. 

Keywords: Main Meals, Dinner, Midweek Meals, 30 Minute Dinners, Pasta, Italian

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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