Chef John's Spaghetti al Tonno

Chef John's Spaghetti al Tonno

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"Spaghetti al tonno is one of my all-time favorite go-to pasta dishes. I love a classic meat sauce as much as the next half-Italian, but when I want something quick and easy for a weeknight meal, I reach for the tuna. What if you don't like fish? Then this is perfect. The taste and texture is really closer to a veal sauce than one made with fish."
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55 m servings 619 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 619 kcal
  • 31%
  • Fat:
  • 17.7 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 79.5g
  • 26%
  • Protein:
  • 31.2 g
  • 62%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 668 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir anchovy and capers in hot oil until anchovy crumbles, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour white wine, oregano, and red pepper flakes into the skillet and increase heat to high; cook until mixture reduces and about 3 tablespoons of liquid remain, 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir tomatoes into the skillet and bring to a simmer. Season tomato mixture with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir tuna and 1/4 cup parsley into tomato sauce, breaking up tuna with a wooden spoon while stirring. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until almost cooked through and still slightly firm to the bite, 9 to 11 minutes. Drain and transfer spaghetti back to the pot.
  6. Pour tomato sauce over spaghetti into the pot; stir to combine, cover the pot with a lid, and let sit until spaghetti is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Ladle spaghetti into bowls, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and parsley over the top.


  1. 20 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

I've made this recipe a few times and it is awesome! The last time, I used fresh yellow fin tuna in place of the canned tuna. I cheated by not making the sauce of this recipe the last time by us...

Most helpful critical review

Won't make this one again. I like tuna and i like marinara but i did not like them together

I've made this recipe a few times and it is awesome! The last time, I used fresh yellow fin tuna in place of the canned tuna. I cheated by not making the sauce of this recipe the last time by us...

I probably shouldn't rate this because I left out a couple key ingredients but I loved it so much I just had to. Plus I can only imagine it would be even better with the full ingredients. This i...

Fantastic pantry meal. Loved the flavors. I didn't drain my oil packed tuna.

Delicious! I saw the video last week and went to Food Wishes to get the recipe; I'm glad it's on the site. We omitted the Parmesan.

Loved this recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand except for the San Marzano tomatoes so I took 2 cans of Fire roasted diced tomatoes and I pulsed it in my blender to get it to a "crushed" c...

I'm poor right now. Thank you that I don't have to buy expensive spaghetti sauce to have good sauce.

Go, anchovies! A wonderful introduction to traditional italian cooking. Just had it for dinner tonight and my 6 year old loved it. We made it non-spicy for her, and then added pepper flakes for ...

I've cooked this several times. It's my "go to" wood.

Great recipe for a filling and flavorful weeknight meal. I served mine with zucchini "noodles" and they soaked up that salty, spicy sauce!

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