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My Pestorrific Tuna Pasta Holiday Recipe with Contadina + Giveaway

The last two weeks of December are the days which are the happiest yet tiring at the same time for me. From gift wrapping to preparing and cooking food and then catching up with the family reunions and Christmas / Year-end parties – it can be pretty exhausting, right? Well, lucky for me that my little family and I spent most of the holidays with our in-laws or my parents. I really do not have to cook a lot of meals for the Noche Buena and Media niche as most families do here in the Philippines. But I intended to cook something special for us at the very least while we’re just at the comforts of our home and enjoying each other’s company.

On 31st of December, before we prepared to go to Nanay’s house (my husband’s grandmother) and celebrate the New Year’s eve with them, I cooked a simple and easy pasta dish which my husband and I really love! Personally, I love pasta! And I like discovering and cooking pasta dishes for the family. But the one that I prepared is just a simple and easy to cook Tuna Pesto pasta that even kids can cook in my opinion. Haha! πŸ˜‰

Tuna Pesto is probably one of the easiest pasta dishes to cook. Especially if you have the Pesto paste ready. Good thing, Contadina has sent me gift package which is just in time for the holidays! Yay!


Because of Contadina Pesto, I was able to cook my Pestorrific Tuna Pasta with no sweat!

Pestorrific Pasta 1

Pestorrific Pasta 6

This recipe is also great for ordinary days. I do cook Tuna Pesto for husband’s packed lunch to work sometimes. It saves me a lot of time and energy.

What you need:
– 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped (I like it garlicky!)
– 1-2 Canned Tuna
– 2 tbsp Olive Oil
– 2-3 tbsp of Contadina PestoΒ Mix
– 250g-300g of Pasta / Linguine (depends on your preference)
– 1 can of sliced mushrooms
– Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
– Parmesan Cheese / Quickmelt Cheese

How to cook:

1) Cook pasta per packaging’s instructions.
2) Saute Garlic in Olive Oil. Be careful not to overcook the garlic.


Pestorrific Pasta 3
Garlicky!!! πŸ™‚

3) Add in the drained tuna bits. Let it cook for 2-3 mins then add the sliced mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper.
4) Add in the Pesto paste when the mushrooms are already lightly browned. Stir for another minute. Add olive oil when necessary.


Pestorrific Pasta 4
5) Toss the drained pasta over the Pesto mix. Make sure that the pasta is evenly coated with Pesto mix.
6) Serve hot. Add in Parmesan Cheese on top. (In my case, I don’t have parmesan cheese in my pantry at the time I cooked this dish. So I added Quickmelt Cheese instead and let it melt while it’s still in the pan.)


Pestorrific Pasta 5
Pestorrific – Just the way we love it. πŸ™‚


There you have it. My Pestorrific Pasta holiday recipe that is quick and easy to cook. It took me around 20-30 minutes only in preparing and cooking this pasta dish and I am glad that it turned out well. The husband loved it (or he’s just really hungry? Lol!)

I am excited as I am yet to try other pasta and tomato-based dishes using Contadina. Their gift is just in time when it arrived on my doorstep! πŸ™‚

Would you like to try Contadina sauces on your next recipe? Well, good news! I will be giving away a set of Contadina package to one of my lucky followers! Just follow these steps to join the raffle giveaway:

1) Visit and like Nostalgic Momma on Facebook.
2) Share the Facebook link of this Pestorrific Pasta holiday recipe blog post on your Facebook account. Make sure that the post is Public so I can verify your entry. Link to the post to share: Nostalgic Momma’s Pestorrific Holiday Recipe
3) Tag the person or people you want to cook the dish with/for on the comments section of the Facebook page’s blog link. Link to the post to comment on:Β Nostalgic Momma’s Pestorrific Holiday Recipe
4) Raffle giveaway will run until January 10, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random (via on January 11, 2017. I will announce the winner on my Facebook page. πŸ™‚

Note: This raffle giveaway is open to Metro Manila residents only. The winner will pick-up the package in an office located in Makati City until January 20, 2017 only.

Best of luck!


  1. joining πŸ™‚
    I would like to try cooking that yummy recipe.

  2. We tried Contadina over the holidays too! Super good!

  3. I have yet to try a Pesto Pasta at home. Medyo hindi kasi used sa panlasa ng mga bagets at tao sa bahay. He He He. Lage gusto is red pasta.

  4. I love tuna recipes! Tuna pesto is one! I used to make “papak” the tuna πŸ™‚ i havent tried contadina brand yet but i am really curious with the spread of flavors they got for pastas. Will try this recipe soon!

  5. My boys love pasta dishes and I have been wanting to cook new meals for them to try. A healthy tuna alternative would be nice.

  6. This is awesome! I want to try this recipe. I also joined the giveaway. I hope I win. Happy new year!

  7. I have never tried cooking pesto, just spaghetti! My spaghetti is tasty – at least that’s what my sister said. haha. I’d love to be able to try to cook pesto. πŸ™‚

  8. Hmm.. Looks tasty and easy to prepare! I wanna try this one of these days! πŸ™‚

  9. I love pasta and pesto is one of my fave sauces. This looks like an easy recipe I can cook at home. Tha ks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    1. Go try it. πŸ˜€ And you’re welcome πŸ™‚

  10. Oh I love pesto! I tried cooking it one time but I didn’t get it right. Lol! But, we ate it anyway. Good thing that you shared your tuna pesto recipe. Will try it again.

    1. Haha! The first time I tried cooking Pesto, it didn’t turn out so well din. Pero kinain pa rin naman namin kasi sayang. Hahaha! Good thing may ready-to-cook mix na like Contadina’s Pesto sauce. πŸ™‚ Good luck on your next attempt to cook Pesto. πŸ˜‰

  11. I love pesto! I love using it for Chicken and in sandwich. I’m going to your recipe this coming weekend. I think this is also good for my husband’s diet.

    1. I am yet to try it with chicken, too! Saka yung sandwich din, parang yung nabibili sa Family Mart. πŸ˜€ Yes, good for those who are on diet kasi low calorie and Tuna pa so na sis! πŸ™‚

  12. Terrific indeed!. Pesto is my son’s favorite and tuna pasta is one of our family’s staples in our menu. But I haven’t tried them together yet. It will be great to try your recipe. πŸ™‚

    1. Wow. Bihira ang mga bata na gusto ang Pesto. Good job for your son. πŸ˜€

  13. I make tuna pesto pasta at home using Contadina too! πŸ™‚

  14. Joined! hope to win so I can try your recipe with contadina products for my mom-in-laws birthday this February! πŸ™‚

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  15. I have a bottle of Contadina Pesto cause too, will try your recipe πŸ™‚

  16. I love pesto, kaso I thought its hard to cook. Good thing there’s a ready mix na for it Would try it nga.

    1. Ako rin dati, intimidated ako iluto s’ya. Until I discovered na meron naman na palang ready-to-cook mix na. πŸ™‚

  17. I’m all for quick and easy recipe and this one I can definitely do! πŸ™‚ Too bad I can’t join the giveaway. πŸ™

  18. Wow! Looks yummy. I’m going to ask my husband to cook pesto for me.

  19. Truly convinced me that Contadina can deliver a terrific pesto pasta. I have read in one mommy blog as well how her kids and even husband enjoyed her pesto pasta. Will look for this brand and surprise my family with a delicious pasta. Ehehe.

  20. Ooooh, there’s tuna in it. Looks good. I’ve been seeing Contadina a lot lately, I’m actually curious enough to buy it on my next visit to the supermarket.

  21. Thanks for sharing I love pesto, will try to cook this one soon. Ang dami ko na nababasa about contadina, how much it cost in the market kaya

  22. mhaan.a-ds

    Wow it looks fun and easy to prepare. This is nice especially for someone who don’t really cook like myself lols. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  23. That’s one yummy-looking pasta recipe! I have yet to try Contadina products here at home. I’ll look for them on my next grocery shopping.

  24. Janice

    I love cooking tuna pasta precisely because it’s fast and easy :). But I’ve never tried cooking it with pesto before. Gotta checl out Contadina soon!

  25. Been reading a lot of good stuff about Contadina and I would sure love to give it a try. I might just grab the pesto sauce on my next grocery run. This recipe looks easy enough even for a culinary-challenged mum like me and I would love to try it out on my diminutive kitchen soon! ^_^

  26. Looks easy and yummeh! I haven’t tried their pesto yet though I love their diced tomatoes!

  27. Ayi

    I love pesto! Kaso the kids and husband don’t like it :(( I haven’t tried Contadina yet so I need to check this out soon πŸ™‚

  28. I’ve just made a similar recipe without tuna on it (no-meat) but actually I am planning to use it too. Tuna and pesto are so flexible and buti nalang they are available in ready to open bottle/cans πŸ™‚

  29. Ooooh, I missed the deadline for the giveaway. I still have pasta and mushrooms in my pantry. I just need the pesto, olive oil and the tuna and I can make this one. LOL! Okay, I think I now have to hunt for the pesto paste and give this one a try.

  30. Pasta is staple in our home but we’re not fond of pesto pasta so I don’t cook it at home pero may nakain na rin ko na masarap na pesto. πŸ™‚

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