Pasta with Tuna, Tomato, and Mozzarella Cheese

This is a popular pasta dish in Italian cuisine, as well as one of my favorites. It has the great flavors of tuna and basil, with fresh mozzarella cheese that melts in your mouth. And, it is actually very easy to make at home! Bring Italian restaurant flavor to your kitchen in only 20 minutes.

Pasta with Tuna, Tomato, and Mozzarella Cheese


(Recipe by:Chef Yasue Siewert)


20 minutes


Makes 4 servings


8 oz any kind of long dried pasta (spaghetti recommended)
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 can peeled whole tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1 can tuna (5 oz), drain water/oil
5 to 6 fresh basil leaves, slice into thin shreds
5 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into bite size
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (more for preference)


Pour the tomatoes with juice into a bowl, and squeeze the tomatoes into small chunks with your hands.

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite ("al dente"), stirring frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking together, about 8 minutes. Drain well (do not rinse).

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet, add olive oil and scatter the garlic over medium-heat for about 30 seconds (do not burn the garlic). Add crushed tomatoes and juice and stir. Raise the heat and add tuna and stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the pasta into sauce and mix well. Add mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, salt, and pepper as final seasoning and mix the sauce lightly.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese, serve warm.

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