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Shrimp and tuna pasta

Shrimp and tuna pasta

You like shrimp and tuna and you are looking for shrimp and tuna pasta recipes that can impress your family and friend? Do you want to obtain a wonderful taste without keeping you busy for half day? Then, you will love this shrimp and tuna pasta!

In this case, paccheri has been my choice, but you can have excellent results with other shapes of pasta, like rigatoni or even spaghetti.

The secret in tuna and shrimp pasta recipes is to create a tasty, delicious sauce that binds all the ingredients together. This is obtained cooking the paccheri for the last 10 minutes in the pan with the other ingredients, adding the pasta water. Boiling water, high in starch, mixed with the fat from EVO oil, will thicken the sauce. See also my post that describes how we sauce pasta in Italy, if you want a general overview and some useful tips!

The other very important tip to consider is that shrimps need just 1-2 minutes to cook. As a result, they must be added at the very end, or they get hard and chewy.

Try this recipe, and if you like it you can even PIN IT 🙂

If you want to try other pasta recipes, here some of my all time favorite that you can find in my pasta recipes page:

And if you want to finish the dinner with a truly Italian dessert, enjoy my tiramisu! But now let’s go with my step-by-step guide to your delicious shrimp and tuna pasta!

Shrimp and tuna pasta
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5 from 1 vote

Shrimp and tuna pasta

Ever wanted to prepare a tasty pasta with fish, but it seems too difficult? Follow these instructions and you can't be wrong with this shrimp and tuna pasta! The result will satisfy your most demanding guests. Buon appetito.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Fish, Paccheri, pasta, Shrimps, Tuna
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $5


  • pan (or wok)
  • pot
  • wooden spoon
  • ladle


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic poached (not peeled)
  • 1 chilli pepper
  • 10 cherry tomatoes or date tomatoes
  • 150 gr tuna tuna in oil, net weight
  • 300 gr shrimps
  • 400 gr paccheri or rigatoni
  • 1 leaf basil fresh or frozen
  • q.s. salt
  • q.s. black pepper


  • Remove the shell from the shrimps and put them into the water: this will add extra flavor to your pasta. Salt it and start heating it.
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  • Chop the cherry tomatoes.
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  • Put the oil into the pan, at medium-high heat. Add the garlic and (optional) chilli pepper. After few minutes, add the tomatoes and some basil.
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  • When the tomatoes have released their water (help this gently squeezing them with a wooden spoon) add the tuna and lower the heat. Salt and pepper according to your taste.
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  • In the meanwhile, salted water should be boiling so that you can drop the paccheri into it.
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  • After about 6-7 minutes, the sauce is ready and the paccheri are half-cooked.
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  • Time to drain the pasta into the pan. Don't waste the water, you will need some to finish cooking the paccheri.
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  • Finish cooking the paccheri in the pan, gently mixing them with the sauce and adding some pasta water (about 10 minutes). When paccheri are almost ready, add the shrimps: they need just 1 minute to be ready
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  • Your shrimps and tuna paccheri are ready. Serve them with that delicious sauce and enjoy!
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Suggested wine pairings

As any fish or seafood based recipe, I highly recommend to enjoy it with a good Italian white wine, served cold. My choice would be:

  • a north-eastern wine (from Friuli or Veneto), like a “friulano“, if you like still wines;
  • or a “prosecco“, if you prefer sparkling wines.

Did you try this canned tuna and shrimp pasta and it was a success, or maybe something could have been better? Let me know in the comments, I love getting to know your feedbacks!


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Buon appetito!

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  • Reply Yan 07/25/2020 at 9:10 PM

    5 stars
    Very tasty dish ready in less than half an hour.
    I definitely recommend it.
    Buon appetito!

    • Reply Roberto 07/30/2020 at 6:40 PM

      Thank you! Glad you liked it 🙂

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