Tuna Tomato Pesto Pasta

It's Time to Cook with Jean Monique!
It's Time to Cook with Jean Monique!

This is the second recipe that I tried last night. I only have less than an hour to prepare so here’s a quick and simple pasta recipe that is really delicious. If you love pesto and tomato sauce, then this one is perfect for you.
Tuna Tomato Pesto Pasta
Tuna Tomato Pesto Pasta

*Makes 8 servings
*10 minutes preparation time
*30 minutes cooking time (includes cooking of pasta)

  • 1 pack 450 g spaghetti noodles
  • 500 g Italian-style spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pouch 150 g tomato paste
  • 1 pack McCormick Pesto Mix
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large can corned tuna


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Prepare the sauce while waiting for the pasta to be ready. Combine spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, and pesto powder mix in a saucepan. 
  3. Saute corned tuna in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add to pesto tomato spaghetti sauce mixture. Simmer while stirring occasionally.
  4. Toss together the cooked pasta with the spaghetti sauce mixture. Top with cheese before serving.
Here are some substitutions that you can make:
  • You can use 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and sliced, instead of tomato paste.
  • You can make your own homemade pesto sauce. Here’s what you’ll need:
    • 1/3 cup pine nuts
    • 2 cups or 40 grams fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 teaspoon iodized fine salt (or 1/2 tablespoon iodized rock salt)
    • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • Here’s how to prepare the pesto sauce: Grind pine nuts using a food processor or blender. Add basil, olive oil, garlic, salt, and Parmesan cheese. Process until mixture becomes pasty. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a mortar and pestle to mix all these.)

That’s it! So easy to prepare, right? 🙂 I assure you that even kids will love this! I hope you’ll enjoy making this dish as much as I did.
Let me know how it goes when you try this recipe. Til next time!
♥ Monique ♥

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