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Tuna Italiano Recipe
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Tuna Italiano

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"I just happened to put together a few of my favorite things -- olives, garbanzo beans and tuna -- and it turned out to be a real hit. Hope you enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic in oil until golden. Stir in onion and water and cook until onion is soft. Stir in the tuna with its oil, olives, beans, garlic salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer while pasta is cooking.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Toss pasta with tuna mixture, top with Romano and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 01, 2003


Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 03, 2006

My DH had very high hopes for this recipe, and he thought it smelled incredible while it was cooking (huge onion-lover), but it bombed. I made the recipe as written, except that we do not have tuna in olive oil available in my demographic, so had to settle for tuna "in oil", which was soybean oil, and I used whole wheat penne. With the olive oil the garlic and onions were sauted in, combined with the oil the tuna was packed in, this was incredibly oily--so much so that I think I gained 10 lbs just by looking at it (I wouldn't eat it). The DH and the kiddos thought it was extremely bland and unflavored. I may try this again someday--if I do, my overhaul will include using tuna packed in water, not oil, and I will use a packet of alfredo sauce mix to give it a cohesive flavor base. This is a very creative recipe--I like the combination of the tuna, garbanzos, and olives--just needs some work, IMHO. :)


29 Ratings

Jan 06, 2005

Thank you! I will make this again. I added more garlic and used navy beans, whole wheat spaghetti and parmesan instead of the chick peas, penne and romano. It is very healthy, and calls for ingredients that are on hand.

Jul 22, 2004

Great recipe! Fast and tasty. I used chicken stock instead of water because it adds extra flavor. Also, I used Great Northern beans instead of garbanzo. Will definitely make again!

Dec 12, 2010

I was looking for something to do with some cans of tuna and a can of garbanzos I had laying around. This came out decently tasty and I would probably make again if I had stuff on hand to use up. I tweaked this recipe slightly. I used about 8 cloves of garlic (I like it a lot). I also used tuna in water instead of olive oil after reading some reviews that said this was overly oily. I didn't add water so it's a little on the dry side, but not too much. I am not sure why people said this recipe is tasteless, I added plenty of salt and pepper and it tastes fine to me!

Apr 30, 2006

Our family enjoyed this - my husband and myself in particular. The kids were less enhusiastic. I read the previous reviews and decided to add a can of cream soup, especially since I did not have any tuna in olive oil. I plan to fix this again, as written. The flavor combo of tuna, olive, and chickpeas is a good one.

Oct 15, 2011

My kids are good eaters and it was a tough night eating when I made this (and they love olives and pasta so I thought they would at least eat some of it) Easy to make with things on hand (thats the reason I give it any stars) but we won't eat this again.... sorry!

Jun 10, 2011

I found this recipe when I was searching for a way to use tuna without making a casserole, tuna patties, or tuna salad. I happened to have the other ingredients and decided to give it a shot. My husband and I absolutely LOVE this recipe. It is incredibly easy to make and still delicious! We did modify it a bit to suit our tastes; we like spicy foods so we added sriracha to the simmering tuna mixture. We also used tricolor pasta to make the dish more visually appealing. This will be a regular addition to our menu!


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  • Calories
  • 607 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 69.6 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 25.4 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 5.9 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 27.5 g
  • 55%
  • Sodium
  • 853 mg
  • 34%

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

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