Easy Penne and Tuna Salad

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1 Red bell pepper large
4 quarts Water
2 ¼ tsp Salt divided
6 ounces Penne pasta uncooked
2 cups Arugula coarsely chopped
¼ cup Shallots thinly sliced
2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Capers drained
1 tbsp Olive oil extra-virgin
1 jar Canned tuna premium packed in oil (such as Ortiz), drained and flaked

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Easy Penne and Tuna Salad


If I cook a pasta dish which uses penne, I always cook extra pasta so that I can make this Easy Penne and Tuna Salad for lunch the day after. I love pasta salads – they are quick and easy. They taste delicious and everything is mixed up in one bowl so it is easy to clean up too. 

 Start by roasting red bell pepper. If you don’t have leftover pasta, cook the penne according to the package directions. Assemble the salad by combining bell pepper, pasta, arugula, capers, shallots and tuna in a large bowl. Serve with freshly baked bread.

To make my version of Easy Penne and Tuna Salad, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Easy Penne and Tuna Salad

Steps to make Easy Penne and Tuna Salad


Preheat boiler and prepare a baking sheet


Preheat the broiler to medium. Line a baking sheet with foil.


Broil bell pepper


Slice the bell pepper in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and membranes and discard. Place the pepper halves on the prepared baking sheet with the skin facing up. Flatten the pepper halves with your hand. Place under the broiler for 15 minutes, until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag and seal and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Peel the skin from the pepper and chop into pieces.


Cook pasta


Place 4 quarts of water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the penne to the pan of boiling water and cook according to the package directions. Drain the cooked pasta and rinse with cold water. Drain well again.


Assemble the salad


Place the pasta in a large salad bowl along with the bell pepper, pasta, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, arugula, shallots, vinegar, capers, olive oil and tuna. Toss well.



Serve immediately with freshly baked bread.

This Easy Penne and Tuna Salad is a delicious way to use up leftover pasta! Try it out soon and come back to leave a review below with your thoughts.

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Total Reviews: 18
Maryam Tennesen

Fantastic meal, I love everything about it and penne is easily my favorite type of pasta, well done perfecting this!

Natalya Longo

Used bowtie pasta instead and had some cheesy garlic bread with it, was ultra delicious making this again asap.

Leilah Gauze

Fast and easy penne dish, loved it a lot.

Grayson Fezza

Sharing this with my mom so that she could perfect it because when I made it the tuna taste was very distinct, liked it anyway though and so did the hubby.

Averi Romance

Going to be making this a lot now that I'm a stay at home mom, this is a very cheap to make and tasty dish.

Celina Marmolejos

Cooked this for yesterdays dinner and ate the leftovers today, taste even better cold!

Harlee Precourt

Making this for the second time and thought I'd leave a review this time since this is a delightful dish, I recommend making this even if you don't like tuna, this might just change your mind.

Lindsay Caracoza

Good penne and just as brilliant as the whole wheat spaghetti with broccoli, love everything you guys post.

Greta Lannie

Simple and delightful pasta with tuna, made it and was good.

Journi Mahlke

The red bell pepper did not taste good with the tuna at all in my opinion so i took it out but after that it was good.

Zahara Dumpson

Didn't expect to bookmark this page when I was just looking for things to cook but you guys have the best stuff on here and the easiest instructions to follow, love this cooking site.

Hadassah Buschelman

Penne came out mushy after 30 minutes but was still edible and flavor was still there, next time taking it out sooner though.

Nellie Beckstrand

My daughter hates tuna and any type of fish at all but when I made her this she didn't even bother to complain because it tasted so good and the flavors really make the fishy taste disappear.

Melinda Heeg

Easy instructions but the tuna doesn't go with it for me like the classic pasta primavera did.

Anne Rolader

Found this today and tried to make it just as tasty as it looks, was a success thanks to the simple instructions, thanks.

Lainey Masangcay

YUMMY is all I have to say!! Very good pasta and I absolutely love tuna sooo much tyty for sharing this.

Wren Soscia

Made this for family brunch and it was perfect since it's not too heavy and it was very simple and fast to make.


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