This Linguine with Tuna and Capers recipe is a simple, flavorful, and elegant dish that comes together in just about 30 minutes. It combines the heartiness of canned tuna, the tangy bite of capers, and the richness of olive oil, all tossed with linguine for a meal that’s both satisfying and quick to prepare. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a casual gathering.


  • 8 ounces linguine
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Cook the Linguine: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the linguine and set aside.
  2. Prepare the Tuna Mixture: While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.
  3. Add the Tuna and Capers: Stir in the drained tuna, breaking it up slightly with a fork. Add the capers and cook for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  4. Combine with Linguine: Add the drained linguine to the skillet with the tuna mixture. Toss well to combine, adding a bit of the reserved pasta water if needed to help the sauce coat the linguine evenly.
  5. Finish the Dish: Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and chopped parsley. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. If the dish seems dry, drizzle a little more olive oil and toss again.
  6. Serve: Divide the linguine among plates. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 420
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Protein: 25g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

Linguine with Tuna and Capers is an easy-to-make, flavorful dish that’s perfect for any day of the week. The combination of pantry staples like tuna and capers with fresh lemon and parsley creates a delightful balance of flavors that’s sure to please. Enjoy this light yet satisfying meal that’s bound to become a staple in your recipe collection.

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