Jamie Tuna Pasta

Jamie Tuna Pasta

My husband and I have been eating this dish for a long time. We have named it Jamie Tuna Pasta because we orginally got the idea from a Jamie Oliver book. The basis of the dish is the same but over the years I have made a few changes to it. It’s delicious, simple and an easy but healthy dish to make that will feed a hungry family.

Tuna fish have many health benefits and an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and other organic components. These include antioxidants and protein without much saturated fat or sodium. It also has great levels of selenium and good amounts of phosphorous, iron and magnesium and potassium.

In terms of vitamins, there is a huge amount of vitamin B12 and niacin, as well as a great amount of vitamin B6 and riboflavin. Including tuna in the diet can help to keep the heart healthy, lower blood pressure and can even help to boost the immune system.

The tuna fish is from a very diverse family of fish. They have become one of the most valued and desirable fish on the market. Tuna tastes delicious and it is globally available. For this recipe I used two fresh tuna steaks, although the Jamie recipe calls for good quality tinned or jarred tuna, I felt the fresh tuna would be better for us all.

Serves 4

Equipment needed

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Frying pan
  • Stirring spoon
  • Zester
  • Juicer or fork
  • Cheese grater
  • Bowls x 2


  • Tuna Steaks x 500g
  • Chopped tomatoes x 2 400g tins
  • Onion x 1 large
  • Basil x 1 large handful
  • Lemon x 1 (juice and zest)
  • Cinnamon x 1 tsp
  • Parmesan cheese or strong cheddar x 80g (optional)
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Spinach x 200g
  • Brown rice pasta or wholemeal pasta x 300g


  • Start by chopping the onion into slices
  • Next remove the basil leaves from the stalk and set the leaves aside
  • Chop the basil stalk into small pieces
  • Heat the frying pan on a medium to high heat and add the olive oil.
  • When the pan is hot enough add the basil stalk and cinnamon.
  • Fry for 2 – 3 mins.
  • Add the onion to the pan and move around until the onion is translucent.
  • Then add the tomatoes, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for a good 10 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta and drain.
  • Set to one side.
  • Cut the tuna into chunks.
  • Once the ten minutes is finished add the tuna to the sauce.
  • Turn the heat up slighty.
  • Break up the chunks with the stirring spoon as the fish gently cooks.
  • When the tuna has cooked through add in the spinach and basil leaves.
  • Let them wilt down into the sauce.
  • While that’s wilting down grate the lemon to get the zest and the cut it in half and juice it into the bowl.
  • Also grate the cheese into the other bowl as well.
  • Add the lemon and the zest and if required the cheese.
  • Finally add the pasta to the sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy.
Jamie Tuna Pasta

Jamie Tuna Pasta is a great meal in this house and everyone loves it including my son Ted. He thankfully is a lover of fish and touch wood, isn’t afraid to try it. We normally have this meal with brown rice pasta which we buy in bulk from Amazon. Although, if you are not gluten intolerant I would suggest trying it with wholemeal pasta which is just as lovely. However you decide to eat this dish, as always please enjoy.