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In this post you’ll find an Italian fresh tomato tuna pasta recipe with cherry tomatoes, anchovies, capers, chives, ginger, and basil.
Make this tuna pasta with cherry tomatoes when you want to enjoy those fresh, sweet seasonal treasures and add a fishy and fleshy flavor to your dish. 
Fresh tomato tuna pasta
tuna pasta with cherry tomatoes

This fresh tomato tuna pasta is a gourmet recipe, a way to upgrade tuna pasta with fancy ingredients. The tad of ginger gives it a lemony touch, which turns “pasta al tonno” into a delicious culinary experience.

I used cherry tomatoes, cause they’re sweeter. You can use any tomato, especially in Summer, when they’re in season, and compete for richness and sweetness.

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fresh tomato tuna pasta

An Italian tuna pasta recipe with fresh tomatoes and tuna fillets.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 4 salted capers
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup tuna fillets
  • 1,2-1,5 cups spaghetti or other long pasta
  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes
  • 4-6 sprigs of chives
  • ½ inch fresh ginger root
  • 5-6 fresh basil leaves


  1. Bring the pasta water to a boil - about half a gallon and two to three teaspoons of salt.

  2. Cut the tomatoes in two.
  3. Coarsely chop the basil leaves and the chives.

  4. Grate the ginger.
  5. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and brown, over medium heat, the capers and the anchovies (they'll melt) for less than a minute.

  6. Add the tomatoes, cover and cook 4-5 minutes.
  7. Add the tuna fillets, the herbs, and the ginger. Mix well, cover, and cook 3-4 minutes more. Uncover for the last minute.

  8. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain it, and season it with the tuna sauce.

Enjoy your gourmet tuna pasta!


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