Tuna Pesto Pasta

Tuna Pesto Pasta is my absolute favorite when I need something quick, warm and comforting. Well not just me but my whole family loves Pesto Pasta! It’s the dream thirty-minute meal and I make it at least once a week.

tuna pesto pasta in a pot

This dish is one of my pasta arsenal along with Charlie Chan Pasta, Black Pasta, and Aligue Pasta. The perfect recipe if you’re craving fast flavor. Just toss together store-bought pesto, tuna, and olives—voila! A simple pasta meal is ready in under 30 minutes.

tuna pesto pasta with olives

What sets this apart from other pesto pasta recipe is the brined olives. We just love the contrast in flavor the olives gives to the dish. Making this takes no time at all to make, it’s very flavorful and can be eaten warm or cold! In fact, my husband brought some for lunch the following day and ate it cold!

tuna pesto pasta in a plate

And this recipe doesn’t just taste good but healthy too. It really is good for you since it contains around half of your daily protein and fiber, whilst still being low in fat. Not bad for a quick meal that you can throw together in under 30 minutes. This tuna and pesto pasta are so simple that even kids can make it! Ideal for packed lunches.

How to Make

This is a pretty straight forward recipe, after choosing what type of pasta to use (I used Torti), cooked it as per packaging instructions. While the pasta is cooking, you can start chopping garlic and cutting the olives into rings. Drain the canned tuna and save the oil for sauteeing later.

Separate the tuna meat with a fork to loosen from being packed in the can. In a cooking pot pour around 3 tbsp of oil saved from the canned tuna. When the oil is hot enough, saute garlic then add the tuna meat and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add store-bought pesto and simmer for 3 minutes. Tip in the cooked pasta and mix until coated with pesto. Throw in the cut green olives and mix to distribute. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with some parmesan for good measure.

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Tips for Tuna Pesto Pasta

  • Aside from spaghetti pasta, you can also use fusilli, rotini, penne, or farfalle.
  • Use the oil from the canned tuna to cook the garlic. It’s not only smart but also economical.

Tuna Pesto Pasta

Tuna and Olive Pesto Pasta is perfect if you’re craving fast flavor. Just toss together store-bought pesto, tuna, and olives et voila!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: American, International
Keyword: olives, pasta, pesto, tuna
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Mia


  • 500 grams pasta of choice cooked according to package
  • 2 cans 280 grams oil-packed tuna drained, store bought
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 390 grams 2x180g bottled pesto sauce store bought
  • ¼ cup brined green olives drained
  • ¼ cup parmigiano cheese grated
  • salt and pepper seasoning
  • 3 tbsp saved oil from canned tuna


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the water using a colander and set aside
  • Heat 3 tbsp of saved oil from canned tuna in a cooking pot over medium heat. Saute garlic until fragrant. Add tuna and cook for 2 minutes then add pesto and mix. Let simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Tip in cooked pasta into the pesto and mix until pasta is coated with sauce. Season with salt and pepper according to preference. let simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add green olives and parmigiano and serve. Bon Appetit!

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