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All Recipes, Main Dishes / December 15, 2021

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta | Crazy Delicious & Done in 30 Minutes

If you´re looking for a pasta dish that´s packed with flavors, easy to make and comes together in 30 minutes, this One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta is your jam. We´re talking a beautiful explosion of goodness, made with the simplest ingredients and done using just one pan. Hello easy clean up 🙂 .

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta
This is the perfect dish for a busy weeknight dinner. Yet it´s bold enough for an elegant weekend lunch next to a bottle of Spanish wine. Either way you dice it, this promises to be one of the best tasting pasta dishes ever.

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta
To cook the pasta, I used vegetable broth, but you can always use water. I just prefer to use broth, as it adds more depth of flavors to the overall dish. I also added a dash of sweet smoked Spanish paprika, to give it a smoky touch that is not over-powering.

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The penne pasta I used took 12 to 13 minutes to get it perfectly cooked al dente. I cooked the pasta for 9 minutes on a high heat and then for another 3 to 4 minutes on a low-medium heat with a lid. Make sure to check the package instructions on the pasta you´re using and adjust the cooking times. So you don´t over-cook the pasta.

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta
4.67 from 18 votes

One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 987 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 2 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 400 grams
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 475 ml
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta 200 grams
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 3.25 oz / 90 grams each
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 125 grams
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley 8 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. After 2 minutes, add in 2 shallots thinly sliced and 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped, mix with the olive oil, after 2 minutes and the shallots & garlic are lightly sauteed, add in 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika and quickly mix together, then add in a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and raise to a high heat

  3. After simmering the tomatoes for about 3 minutes, add in 2 cups vegetable broth, mix together and bring to a boil, then add in 2 cups uncooked penne pasta, mix together and cook for about 9 minutes, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, after 3 to 4 minutes and the majority of the broth has been absorbed by the pasta, turn off the heat and remove the lid

  4. Meanwhile, drain 2 cans of tuna in olive oil into a sieve with a bowl underneath, mix the tuna around to remove any excess oil

  5. After leaving the pasta to slightly cool off, add in the drained tuna, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt at room temperature, 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley and season with black pepper, mix together until well mixed

  6. Top off with finely chopped parsley and serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
One-Pan Creamy Tuna Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 987 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 927mg40%
Potassium 1201mg34%
Carbohydrates 104g35%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 73g146%
Vitamin A 958IU19%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 191mg19%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Denise

    Can i use cashew milk or cashew cream in place of yogurt?

    07 . May . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      08 . May . 2024
  2. Mark

    4 stars
    Hey, I made this and it was lovely; although I made an error and used a whole teaspoon of the smoked paprika and definitely agree that half a teaspoon is enough.

    Are you sure on the calorie calculation? I weighted and calculated everything used and it came out to 1054 for the whole dish rather than per portion – portion wise it would be about 525 per portion. (I ate the lot as I’m shooting for 1000 calories per meal).

    Very filling and delicious!

    28 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! The nutritional info is just an estimate, but on my end it seems correct 🙂 Much love

      29 . Feb . 2024
  3. S Ward

    4 stars
    Very tasty, but I’m glad I noticed that 200g of pasta is twice as much as is needed for 2 people!

    18 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Typically 100 grams pasta is what is served per person, but you can use whatever you like 🙂 Much love

      19 . Jan . 2024
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  6. Andy

    5 stars
    I used a homemade shrimp stock instead of vegetable, and it was fantastic. This looks to be a pescatarian blog, so I expect to see a lot of vegetable broth. But don’t forget how delicious shrimp and fish stocks can be!

    21 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love 🙂

      22 . Jun . 2023
  7. Elaine

    Can you freeze this 🤞

    08 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely, just reheat and add in some more liquid or yogurt to bring back the creaminess 🙂 Much love

      09 . Jun . 2023
  8. Jasmine Sequoia

    5 stars
    I just made this dish and on my sweet lord, it’s fantastic! That flavor from the smoked paprika is incredible and I never realized how well it paired with fish. This is now my favorite pasta dish and I’ll be making it regularly, especially considering how healthy it is. I also loved the video that accompanies the recipe, it was really helpful to see how the pasta looks when it’s time to put the lid on. Thank you so much Albert, and I can’t wait to try some of your other recpies!

    26 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      27 . May . 2023
  9. Dan

    5 stars
    Great recipe and I think making the homemade veg stock is definitely the way to go. I doubled the sauce recipe and tripled the stock for 6 cups of pasta and it worked out perfectly.

    06 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      07 . May . 2023
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  11. Lise

    5 stars
    So good! I didn’t have Greek yoghurt so I used sour cream. I’ll definitely make this again. Thank you!

    28 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      29 . Apr . 2023
  12. Polly

    5 stars
    Good dish! I used fresh tomatoes and Philadelphia cream cheese because thats what I had and it was delicious. I added a bit of sugar to lessen the sourness of tomatoes.

    08 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      09 . Feb . 2023
  13. July388

    5 stars
    The best tuna pasta I’ve had so far 🙂

    03 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      04 . Feb . 2023
  14. Inge

    How many servings doen this make? I’m looking to entertain guests, and in total we will be 4 people, one with a BIG appetite.

    23 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      I would double down on the recipe and you will good to go 🙂 Much love!

      25 . Jan . 2023
  15. Roopa

    5 stars
    This is a really lovely recipe. I added a bit more salt, pepper than listed, and added some chilli flakes, as I like a kick. I also gluten pasta for lentil pasta, and swapped yoghurt from creme fraiche I had in fridge, but everything worked perfectly. You can even add sweetcorn or beans, and this is fantastic. Thank you!

    29 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      29 . Nov . 2022
  16. Karen

    Probably one of the best pasta dinners I have ever made. The addition of yogurt at the end is genius!

    10 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      11 . Nov . 2022
  17. Lahneen

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! I used a little more pasta than 2 cups and it still came out great with lots of sauce. Didn’t have penne so I used bucatini, and it worked. Used only 1 can of Cento tuna in olive oil, drained, it was perfect. Very very creamy with no need for cheese. Thank you for this, I’m sharing this recipe.

    12 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      13 . Oct . 2022
  18. Jim

    First time for one of your recipes
    One of the best dishes I have made
    Thank you

    22 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      22 . Sep . 2022
  19. Fred

    5 stars
    This was absolutely incredible. Love your recipes!

    11 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      12 . Sep . 2022
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  21. Mello

    Got all settled to make this recipe then noticed I had no more yogurt or tuna. :(. Decided to improvised and switch the yogurt for cream cheese….and added some hamburger meat…it’s a very versatile recipe.

    14 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great!! Much love 🙂

      14 . Jul . 2022
  22. Michel

    5 stars
    My 18 months kid LOVED it, which is rare. Us, parents… loved it too ;). Simple and delicious.

    18 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      19 . Jun . 2022
  23. Martica Martinez

    Just this Dish it was amazing!

    22 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      23 . May . 2022
  24. Lo

    5 stars
    Deliciousness! I doubled the recipe and ended up using plain whole milk yogurt instead of Greek and everyone LOVED it. No leftovers sadly, LOL.

    30 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      30 . Mar . 2022
  25. Joan

    Looks delicious and easy. However, I am a diabetic and would have to use whole grain pasta and low sugar yogurt. Also, low sodium broth. What do you think?

    01 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      It will totally work! Much love 🙂

      01 . Feb . 2022
  26. Russ

    5 stars
    Lovely quick and easy dish! Creamy and flavourful.

    I spotted a commenter here saying hers was dry and not creamy. I can only imagine that she had her heat far too high!

    18 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to heat that! Much love 🙂

      18 . Jan . 2022
  27. Jayne

    Been looking for delicious recipes for the New Year which still are ‘healthy, not too calorific’.
    Love the ingredients in this but shocked when it said 987 calories per serving-by my rough maths counting through the ingredients, surely it’s 987 in total, for the 2 servings? hope so!

    16 . Jan . 2022
  28. Diane

    2 stars
    This dish was so dry. There was nothing creamy about it.If I had cooked the pasta for 9 minutes it would have been burnt stuck to the pan. Definitely not enough liquid. I even put in more yogurt but that didn’t help. The tuna could barely be warmed because you’re supposed to take it off the heat. The flavor was nothing to write home about. Very disappointed and a waste of 2 cans of Albacore tuna.

    15 . Jan . 2022
  29. Virginia

    4 stars
    Made this for lunch today and it was quick and delicious! I added some fresh diced oregano leaves and sprinkled the top with Parmesan cheese for some added punch. I like that I had all the ingredients already on hand and there was very little cleanup. Thanks for this!

    12 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! much love 🙂

      13 . Jan . 2022
  30. Katharine

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Didn’t have yogurt so didn’t use. Looking forward to making this dish again and again! Thanks!

    30 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      30 . Dec . 2021
  31. Nel

    5 stars
    I am an English woman living in Spain, learning Spanish and trying to cook the Spanish way. I’m so glad to have found your site, this like all the other recipes I’ve tried are amazing!!

    28 . Dec . 2021
  32. Barbara

    This was insanely DElicious. So simple and yet so amazingly tasty. I used tuna in water because that’s what I had. My husband raved about this dish. Thanks for all you do for my dinner. Lol.

    23 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Barbara!!! Much love 🙂

      23 . Dec . 2021

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