Packed Lunch #11: Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti

Let me come clean to y’all.

I love canned tuned. And canned sardines. And canned mackerel. I know, right? Not exactly the most classy of pantry items to love but I really like them so so much!

They are convenient and just so yummy in the most interesting ways. Flavour bomb with just the opening of a can. Sometimes, that’s just what I need when I’ve woken up too late to make an elaborate lunch… and when leftovers are all gone.

We all know that pasta with whatever junk mixed in would still taste pretty good. I know anyway. πŸ˜‰

It so happened that I had 1/2 a can of tuna sitting in the fridge one morning when I was scratching my head on what to prepare for lunch. 1/2 a can is not enough for 2 portions, I thought. Rummaging through the drawer where I keep my canned goods, I chanced upon a can of mackerel that has been there for.. ever? So I mashed those 2 together and hoped for the best.

Just that handful of ingredients made our lunch all that more exciting.
Canned Mackerel, Tuna in Chilli Oil, Oregano, Tomatoes, Garlic & Spaghetti.
Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti 1

With such an easy sauce, I pretty much made everything within 15 minutes while the pasta boiled away.
It starts very simply with sauteed garlic and tomato.
Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti 2

And everything else goes in. Those fish pieces can be as mashed or as chunky as you like it.
Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti 3

After a good toss with the pasta, it’s done just like that. In a flash!Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti 5

Because I’m me, I had to add some avocado slices over my portion.Β Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti 6

While this doesn’t look remarkable, it tasted like a a lunch for champions. Provided that champions love fish.Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti 4


“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” (Galatians 1:3-4)

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Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti
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Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2-3
  • 150gms (5oz) spaghetti
  • 230gm (8oz) canned mackerel in tomato sauce
  • ½ can (2 oz) tuna in chilli olive oil
  • 2 sprigs oregano, leaves stripped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  1. Bring a pot of well salted water to boil and cook spaghetti until al dente.
  2. In a pan, saute the minced garlic over MED heat in 1 tbsp oil from the tuna can.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and let them soften, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in mackerel, tuna and all the tomato sauce. Break the fish pieces with your ladle. (I kept mine fairly chunky.)
  5. Once the sauce comes to a bubble, toss in the pasta until well combined.
  6. Serve immediately.
Switch up those canned fishes and use all tuna, all mackerel, all sardine or in whichever ratio you prefer.


  1. These all look sogood

  2. I love canned tuna and sardines too, but haven’t try mackerel yet. But I think I’ll love it just the same. πŸ™‚ Your Mackerel Tuna Spaghetti sounds wonderful. What a great use of the canned food and bring it to live with some fresh ingredients. πŸ™‚

    • Glad an accomplished cook like you loves canned fish too. Sometimes a few pantry staples mashed together can make a rather satisfying quick meal.

  3. I’m not a fan of most canned meats other than tuna, but this looks delicious. I have a lot of extra chicken at home I need to use up before it goes bad, so I may well make this substitution short term…though the tuna sounds like a tasty meal as well.

    • Thanks. Most people I know don’t like canned meats because well… we all know why. πŸ™‚ But in a pinch, they work breat. in fact, I think your chicken would be excellent in something like this. Minimal work, maximum results!

  4. lovely meal, this is what we call scrumptious dinner in a jiffy and which is homemade…thanks for sharing,will make our thursday dinner easier πŸ™‚

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