Creamy tuna pasta salad

Creamy tuna pasta salad is a fresh, creamy and appetizing meal, a quick and easy recipe that you will surely appreciate during the summer season. You can prepare creamy tuna pasta salad in a few simple steps without cooking anything except, of course, pasta.

In summer, salads are among the most popular meals, but often, especially those based on pasta, they could be a little dry: a few of cream cheese instead makes pasta salads creamy and very appetizing, not at all dry and more palatable. You can prepare this creamy tuna pasta salad using the medium size pasta you prefer, but farfalle are particularly suitable because they hold the sauce formed by the cheese and tomato water.

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time10 Minutes
  • Cooking time10 Minutes
  • Serving4 servings
  • Cooking methodOven
  • CuisineItalian
  • SeasonalitySpring, Summer

Ingredients for creamy tuna pasta salad

10.5 oz pasta (medium size, e.g. farfalle – 300 g)
6 oz tuna in oil (drained – 170 g)
12 oz cherry tomatoes (340 g)
6 oz cream cheese (170 g)
2.5 oz black olives (70 g)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pinch salt
434,07 Kcal
calories per serving
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  • Power 434,07 (Kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 30,14 (g) of which sugars 8,06 (g)
  • Proteins 21,41 (g)
  • Fat 25,17 (g) of which saturated 1,98 (g)of which unsaturated 4,26 (g)
  • Fibers 2,48 (g)
  • Sodium 719,81 (mg)

Indicative values for a portion of 357 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.

* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019.


1 Pot
1 Salad Bowl
1 Chopping Board
1 Knife
1 Spoon

How to prepare creamy tuna pasta salad

To prepare the cold pasta salad with tuna and robiola, start by cooking the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water. In the meantime, you can prepare the sauce, an operation that will take you just as long as the pasta is cooked: wash the tomatoes and cut them into quarters. Put them in a large salad bowl and season with a pinch of salt and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

cut and seaseon cherry tomatoes for creamy tuna pasta salad

Remove the stone from the olives, cut them in half and add them to the cherry tomatoes. Also add the tuna, after having drained it carefully and cut into small pieces; also add the cream cheese.

Take one or two tablespoons of the water in which the pasta is cooking and add them to the salad bowl.

melt creem cheese by adding a few of pasta cooking water

This will slightly melt the cream cheese, which will blend better with the pasta salad. Stir to distribute the cheese evenly.

the sauce for the creamy tuna pasta salad is ready

Drain the pasta before overcooking it – follow the instructions on the package carefully – and add them immediately to the sauce, while it is still hot.

Mix thoroughly to melt the cream cheese well and mix the sauce with the pasta. Let it cool to room temperature and, if you like, even a couple of hours in the refrigerator.

the creamy tuna pasta salad is ready

Serve the creamy tuna pasta salad cold or at room temperature. If you put it in a refrigerated lunch box, you can even take it with you for a picnic or lunch break.

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How to store creamy tuna pasta salad

You can keep the tuna pasta salad for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

Tips and variation

There are many ways to season cold farfalle: instead of cream cheese you can use robiola, ricotta or mascarpone. You can add other fresh and appetizing ingredients to the pasta salad such as chopped pickles, rocket, steamed corn, sliced ​​cucumbers, thinly sliced ​​red onion or grilled vegetables.

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