Recipe: Penne with Uni-Pak Mackerel

This quick and easy version of the classic Pesto Penne with Mackerel dish comes together in less than 30 minutes with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. You can pick up ingredients you're missing at any supermarket near you.

  • 250g penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olives, halved
  • 250g McCormick Pesto Sauce Mix
  • 250ml All Purpose Nestle Cream
  • 425g Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil, drained and roughly chopped
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil
  • Parmesan


1. Bring a large pot of water to boil; add a little salt.

2. Put half the oil (2 tablespoons) in a pan over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the drained mackerel and cook, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, less than 5 minutes, and then remove.

3. Add the remaining oil, onion, olives and garlic to the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, add the penne to the boiling water and cook until al dente; drain.

5. Turn the heat under the onions and garlic to medium-high and add the mackerel; cook, stirring occasionally, until just heated through, about 2 minutes.

6. Add the penne to the mackerel mixture and toss well to combine.

7. Add McCormick Pesto Sauce Mix, Nestle cream, and parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning.

8. Serve sprinkled with the Parmesan and McCormick basil.


How nutritious is Mackerel?

According to the USDA, mackerel is among the top fish on the list with high omega-3 content.

Just 3 ounces of cooked mackerel contains 1.1 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Omega-3 lowers your blood pressure, it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that can help in managing joint pains and depression; it can enhance memory, brain performance, and can prevent the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. (Read how Omega-3 deliver big health benefits to your body)

Mackerel is also an important source of protein and B vitamins, particularly vitamin B12. In addition to that, mackerel is rich in selenium, a mineral that helps to protect our cells against damaging free radicals. (Berkeley Wellness)

For complete Mackerel nutrition facts, check this link.

About Uni-Pak

Unipak is a Mackerel and Sardines consumer brand manufactured by SLORD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, a HACCP accredited manufacturer of canned goods, established on the 15th of April 1985. The company's primary purpose is: 

to engage and maintain in the business of importing, exporting, distributing, trading and servicing of all kinds of goods, wares,and merchandise which are or may become articles of commerce on wholesale and retail; and to act as a factor, manufacturer's representative, commercial broker, commission agent, distributor and in any other representative capacity for domestic and foreign companies. 

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Photo credit to SLORD Development Corp

Uni-Pak has Mackerel and Sardines in Natural Oil and Tomato Sauce available in 425g, 200g & 155g

You can also try their Smoked Mackerel Fillet at P85.00, canned green peas, black beans, tomato paste, squid, and bangus.

Uni-Pack has a gift for you!

To let you savor any dish with Mackerel or sardines, Uni-Pak and What's HOT Manila is giving away Unipak canned Mackerel.

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What do you think about this recipe? Do you have a special recipe for your canned mackerel? Let us hear your thoughts down the comment section! Have a nice day!



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