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Penne with Tuna

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pasta


  • 200 gm fresh green beans trimmed, cut crossways into 5cm-long pieces
  • 500 gm dried penne
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 large ripe, red tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 4 large sprigs of fresh thyme leaves removed
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 x 150gm canned tuna I used Italian style Sirena tuna in chilli oil (but any type would do
  • Salt to season
  • Freshly milled black pepper to season


  • Blanch the green beans in salted water and keep aside.
  • Cook the pasta in boiling water according to packet directions. Drain and keep aside, reserving 1 cup water.
  • Heat oil in a large pan and add onion and garlic, cook for 1 min or until softened. Add tomatoes, thyme and chilli flakes and cook for 3 mins, or till the tomatoes have softened and turned mushy. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and salt.
  • Add the beans and canned tuna (with the chilli) to the tomato mixture. Lightly break up the tuna if necessary with the ladle and mix well to combine.
  • Then add pasta and the reserved pasta water; toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve hot.