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All Recipes, Main Dishes / September 23, 2022

Spanish Beans and Tuna in a Hearty Tomato Sauce | Quick & Easy Recipe

These Spanish Beans and Tuna in a Hearty Tomato Sauce are packed with flavors, easy to make and done in a little over 30 minutes. Serve these beans next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for a heart-warming delicious meal.

Spanish Beans and Tuna
For the beans I used canned white beans. Just to make things easier. If you prefer, you can use dried white beans. Just soak them in plenty of water overnight and then simmer the following day for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.

Spanish Beans and Tuna
For the tuna I used canned tuna in olive oil. For this recipe I used the olive oil from the tuna to saute the vegetables. If you use canned tuna in water, just use 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil to saute the vegetables.

Spanish Beans and Tuna

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I finely grated the tomatoes to make the tomato sauce. But you can also use a regular sized can of tomato sauce or passata to make things easier. This dish will store for up to 5 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

Spanish Beans and Tuna

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Spanish Beans and Tuna
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Spanish Beans and Tuna in a Hearty Tomato Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 338 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 5 oz / 140 grams each
  • 2 cans white beans 15.5 oz / 440 grams each
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 2 1/4 lbs tomatoes 1 kilogram
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth 120 ml
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Slightly heat the vegetable broth and pinch in the saffron, set aside to infuse

  2. Drain the cans of tuna into a sieve with a bowl underneath, mix the tuna to release any excess oil and reserve the oil from the tuna

  3. Finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the carrot (peeled), finely chop the green bell pepper and finely grate the tomatoes

  4. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the reserved olive oil from the canned tuna

  5. After 1 minute add in the chopped vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika and thyme, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomatoes and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer

  6. Once the grated tomatoes have thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes, add in the canned white beans (drained), the drained tuna and the saffron infused broth, mix together, place a lid on the pan and simmer for 5 minutes

  7. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Beans and Tuna in a Hearty Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 301mg13%
Potassium 1614mg46%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 5049IU101%
Vitamin C 63mg76%
Calcium 167mg17%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Shemi

    5 stars
    Just made this dish very delicious! I served it with some bread and sangria.

    15 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds amazing!! Much love 🙂

      15 . Oct . 2022
  2. Margaret Silsby

    I like soupy bean dishes. Your recipe calls for white beans; what type? What makes this recipe Spanish?

    27 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      I just used typical Spanish white beans, but you can use any type you like here, what makes this dish is Spanish, is that it´s Spanish! Very popular in the north of Spain 🙂 much love

      27 . Sep . 2022
  3. Lee Kaplan

    If using passata instead of grated tomatoes, what is the cup equivalent? Thank you.

    23 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      I would add 1 1/2 cups passata 🙂 Much love

      24 . Sep . 2022
  4. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and skip green bell pepper as am not a big fan of green bell pepper i never had spanish beans and tuna in a hearty tomato sauce before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    23 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      24 . Sep . 2022

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