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All Recipes, Main Dishes / July 11, 2022

Creamy Tuna Spaghetti | Quick & Delicious 20 Minute Recipe

This Creamy Tuna Spaghetti is seriously what simple and delicious food is all about. Its got a ton of flavors, it´s super easy to make and all done in just 20 minutes. The perfect pasta dish for a busy weeknight dinner, yet bold enough for an elegant weekend lunch next to a bottle of Spanish wine.

Creamy Tuna Spaghetti
To make this pasta dish I used spaghetti. But you can use any type of pasta you like, though thinner noodles work best with the sauce. As for the tuna, I used Spanish tuna in olive oil, but you can also use regular tuna in water if you like.

Creamy Tuna Spaghetti
I topped off the pasta with a kiss of Manchego cheese and a dash of sweet smoked Spanish paprika. This is just elevates the flavors to another level. However, you can top off the pasta with other ingredients, such as chili powder, oregano or even basil.

Creamy Tuna Spaghetti

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I like to cook the sauce immediately after I add the pasta into the boiling water. This way both elements can come together at the same time. However, you can start the sauce while the water is heating. Just to ensure the sauce is done once the pasta is cooked.

Creamy Tuna Spaghetti

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Creamy Tuna Spaghetti

Creamy Tuna Spaghetti

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 871 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 8 oz spaghetti 225 grams
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 2 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 10 grams
  • 3/4 cup milk 178 ml
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth 178 ml
  • 8 oz canned tuna in olive oil (drained) 224 grams
  • 2 tbsp grated Manchego cheese 30 grams
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • dash sweet smoked Spanish paprika
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Fill a stock pot a little over half ways with cold water, season generously with sea salt and heat it with a high heat

  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice the shallots, roughly chop the garlic and drain the canned tuna

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat

  4. Once the water comes to a boil, add in the spaghetti, cook until al dente (check package instructions)

  5. While the pasta is cooking, add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil into the hot fry pan, along with the shallots and garlic, mix together, after 1 minute add in the flour, continue to mix together, 2 minutes later add in the milk and vegetable broth, mix continuously until you end up with a creamy sauce, between 4 to 5 minutes, then add in 2 tbsp (8 grams) finely chopped parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and turn off the heat, add in the drained tuna, mix and set aside

  6. Once the spaghetti is cooked al dente, add directly from the stock pot into the pan with the sauce, shaking off any excess water, it´s ok if a little water gets in the sauce, mix together until well mixed

  7. Transfer the spaghetti into shallow bowls, top off with a kiss of grated Manchego cheese, some fresh parsley and a dash of sweet smoked Spanish paprika, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Get the Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika I used to make this Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tuna Spaghetti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 871 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 590mg26%
Potassium 792mg23%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 318IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 321mg32%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Sharon

    5 stars
    Thank you so much Albert, for another amazing recipe!

    I made this for my friend visiting two days ago and made it again tonight for my husband.

    Absolutely delicious!!

    29 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment Sharon 🙂 Much love

      30 . Aug . 2022
  2. Lisa

    Hi Albert,

    This looks delicious! I was wondering if you think it would work with some canned tomatoes added into the sauce, or no?

    31 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      It would totally work 🙂 Much love!

      31 . Jul . 2022
  3. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use almond milk / mushrooms and vegan cheese i never had 20 minute creamy tuna spaghetti before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    11 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      12 . Jul . 2022

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