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Tuna Carbonara
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5 from 22 votes

How To Cook Tuna Carbonara

This recipe is an improved version of the simple tuna carbonara recipe. Three additional ingredients I think is what makes this recipe stands from the rest.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: creamy carbonara, pinoy style carbonara, tuna carbonara, tuna carbonara recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo Spaghetti or Fettuccine pasta you can use any pasta
  • 2 cans tuna solid in oil 184 grams per can
  • 1 medium size can Nestle cream
  • 1 tsp. magic sarap
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 50 grams butter
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium size onion chopped
  • 1 liter water for cooking the pasta
  • 1 small can button mushroom sliced
  • 1 small can cream of mushroom soup e.g. Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • few stalks of parsley chopped finely
  • 1 370ml can evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil


How to Cook Tuna Carbonara

  • In a deep pot put the 1 liter of water and bring to a boil.
  • Then add salt and cooking oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  • Put the Spaghetti or Fettuccine and cook according to the instruction on the package.
  • Stir the pasta from time to time to avoid the pasta sticking on the bottom of the pot.
  • Check if the pasta is already cooked and tender, firm but not hard (al dente).
  • Then drain the water from the pasta and fill the pot with tap water to prevent the pasta from overcooking.
  • Drain the water again and pour the pasta in a colander or strainer to remove the excess water.
  • Let it drain for a few minutes then transfer to a Tupperware or any container that can hold the pasta. Set aside.
  • In a medium size saucepan, in a medium fire, melt the butter and saute onion and garlic until tender then add the sliced mushrooms.
  • Stir fry the mushrooms until the sides are seared and a little brown.
  • Then add the tuna and stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes and season with magic sarap, salt and pepper.
  • Add in the milk, water, cheese, cream of mushroom soup and nestle cream and stir and simmer until the sauce boils.
  • Continue stirring until the sauce becomes thick. Add the parsley and stir again for a few seconds. Turn off heat.
  • Pour the carbonara sauce on top of the Spaghetti or Fettuccine and garnish with parsley and grated cheese. Or just toss the pasta on with the sauce and serve.