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Creamy Tomato Tuna Penne Pasta Recipe
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  • READY IN 30 mins

Creamy Tomato Tuna Penne Pasta

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"Believe it or not, cream of tomato soup used as a pasta sauce!"

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Original recipe makes 16 ounces Change Servings


  1. Combine tuna and olive oil, garlic, anchovy paste, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir and cook for 1 minute once oil begins to sizzle.
  2. Stir in cream of tomato soup and water. Increase heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne, and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until just slightly undercooked, about 11 minutes; drain.
  4. Stir cooked pasta into soup mixture; stir in 2/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and tarragon. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and cook for an additional minute.
  6. Garnish with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and red pepper flakes.
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  • PREP 15 mins
  • COOK 15 mins
  • READY IN 30 mins


  • Cook's Note:
  • May substitute mashed anchovy filets for anchovy paste

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Jul 12, 2012

I didn't have any soup, so I used homemade chicken stock, a little can of tomato paste and heavy cream with a dash of onion powder. No tarragon, so I used about 1/4 c. fresh basil from the garden instead. It had so much flavor! Don't skip the anchovy, it wasn't fishy at all.

Feb 23, 2013

My husband and I loved this, but we made some substitutions along the way, mostly because we cannot afford some of the more expensive ingredients. We used a 5 oz. can of tuna in oil, substituted 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tsp. soy sauce for the anchovy paste, put in two large dashes of oregano and red pepper flakes, and added a dash of paprika as well. We also used two cans of Campbell's tomato soup, which is from concentrate, so we made the soup following the directions on the can, then used 3 1/2 cups of that for the sauce, so we didn't add the additional 1/2 cup of water. We substituted pre-grated Parmesan cheese for the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and 1 tsp. marjoram for the tarragon. And to finish, we garnished it with just some of the leftover Parmesan with no red pepper flakes. And although we weren't able to make this recipe exactly how it's supposed to be, we loved what we ended up with and plan to add this recipe to our list of favorites!


18 Ratings

Jan 16, 2013

I have to say I didn't really have high hopes for this, as I am not a huge fish person. But I do like traditional tuna casseroles, and this sounded good and different, so I gave it a go. WOW! I followed the recipe exactly, except for the tarragon. I swear I bought some, but somehow I didn't end up with it at home, so I subbed just a dash of fennel instead, which did lend a lovely flavor. This is surprisingly and amazingly delicious! The only non-condensed cream of tomato soup I was able to find was a tomato and basil variety, which was wonderful. I had 4 cups of it, so I added it all, since the only tuna in olive oil I found was in cans, and I had a little over 8 ounces of that as well. Yum, yum, yum! Will definitely be making this again and again (and will definitely make sure I get home with the tarragon next time too!). Thanks Chef John! :)

Nov 09, 2012

Simple and quick to make. I didn't use the Tarragon, but followed the rest of the recipe. Even my husband who when I mentioned can Tuna was like oh I'm not going to like that. He loved it, so did my teenage son. Will defitnaly make again. Oh, and loved the kick that the red pepper flakes gave it.

Apr 22, 2013

Very, very good recipe. Made it according to the directions except for the fact that I could only find tuna in olive oil in 4.5 oz. cans, so I used two. Also, I can't stand not to use all of something, so I used 16 oz. of pasta and entire 32 oz. carton of cream of tomato soup. Everything else according to the original recipe. So good I'm making it again tomorrow!!

Apr 05, 2013

I had some real trouble finding the amounts in the recipe at the store, so I fudged a few things. 2 cans of tuna in olive oil came out to 9oz and the 2 cans of tomato bisque came out to 28oz and the penne was 12oz. With the extra tuna I halved the anchovy paste. In all both my DH and I loved the recipe. I also threw in a can of sweet corn and used the "veggie" penne to add some more veggie servings. Can't wait to make this for company. So quick and easy.

Mar 26, 2013

This was a very good recipe and a nice vegetarian option. I followed other reviewers' suggestions and used basil and marjoram instead of tarragon, since I didn't have any. I also used 1/2tsp soy sauce and 1/2tsp Worcestershire sauce instead of anchovy paste. Everyone I served this to liked it!

Mar 04, 2013

My kids are 5, 7, & 8. They loved it and had seconds. It didn't taste fishy or like tuna, although my kids do like tuna. I followed the suggestion of another reviewer to use 1/2 t. worcestershire sauce and 1/2 t. soy sauce in place of anchovy paste since I didn't have any anchovy paste on hand. I also made two cans of condensed soup, following the directions for soup with milk. (I did use half cream & half milk for a richer sauce.) Then, I used about 3 1/2 cups of this soup in place of the soup and 1/2 c. water called for in the recipe. I followed the spice measurments in the sauce. When I served the pasta, I sprinkled extra oregano, salt, and chili flakes on each plate according to my kids' and husband's different tastes. Excellent!


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  • Calories
  • 1269 kcal
  • 63%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 202.3 g
  • 65%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 22.1 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 9 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 72.4 g
  • 145%
  • Sodium
  • 3213 mg
  • 129%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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