Pappardelle Pasta with Tuna and Tomatoes


Fresh tuna steak is so much more readily available these days. Low in fat, high in protein and versatile, here we accompany it with fresh pappardelle pasta.

Dawn: Pappadelle? I don’t think I have used that before.

Andrew: It is a wider and slightly thicker version of tagliatelle, basically. It also looks good in the ‘verde’ version, which is coloured with spinach.

Dawn: One to make with my pasta machine then!


Serves 2

2 tuna steaks

2 large spring onions, sliced finely

1 clove garlic, crushed or finely sliced

1 chilli, deseeded and chopped (optional)

8-10 baby plum tomatoes

100g fresh papardelle per person

Andrew: Chilli is a great option here for a winter evening.

Dawn: Ginger is also an optional ingredient for those who like a Thai taste to their cooking, with a little lime juice, too.


  • While the fish and vegetables cook, put a pan of salted water on to boil and cook pasta as per the packet instructions.
  • Fry the tuna steak in a pan in a little olive oil.
  • Turn after about 3 minutes and cook through.
  • As you turn the tuna, add the onions, garlic and chilli to the same pan, around the tuna.
  • After a further 3 minutes, when the tuna is cooked, gently break it up with a fork.
  • Add the plum tomatoes, a splash of water (or if feeling a little decadent, a splash of white wine).
  • Cover and steam for a minute, allowing the tomatoes to ‘pop’.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan and stir gently so there is an even spread of tuna and tomatoes.
  • Serve with a green salad.

Andrew: A super supper, wouldn’t you agree, Dawn?

Dawn: I would, especially as there are so many potential variations on this too. 

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