Tuna & broccoli pasta bake

Tuna & broccoli pasta bake

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 18 mins


Serves 4
A family favourite, this filling and warming supper is ready in under half an hour - and uses lots of storecupboard ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze leftovers

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal707
  • fat26g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre7g
  • protein47g
  • salt1.81g
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  • 2 x 185g cans tuna in olive oil, drained well, 1 tbsp oil reserved



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomato with garlic and herbs
  • 350g dried pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 300g broccoli, chopped into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 200g pack light soft cheese
  • 100g cheddar, finely grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 25g breadcrumb
  • salad, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the reserved oil from the tuna in a very large saucepan. Tip in the tomatoes plus 200ml water and simmer while you cook the pasta, following pack instructions. Add the broccoli for the final 3 mins, then drain, reserving some of the cooking water.

  2. Heat the grill. Stir the soft cheese into the tomato sauce until melted, then mix with the pasta, broccoli and drained tuna, along with a little of the reserved cooking water if the sauce looks a bit thick. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Tip into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle on the cheddar and crumbs. Grill, not too close to the heat, for about 4-6 mins until golden and bubbling. Serve with a big side salad, if you like.

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Comments (31)

sarahjbayley's picture

I adapted this slightly as we are dairy free. First time I cooked it I used vegan soft cheese....it was ok but missing the salty tang cheese would add. Second time I added a tin of anchovies to melt at the beginning and diluted the tomato sauce just with oat milk to keep the calcium content. Topped it off with garlic breadcrumbs and it was amazing

catie74's picture

Great quick dinner for the kids after getting home from afterschool activities. I added black olives and some roasted red and yellow peppers which were lurking in the fridge. 3 rumbling tummies satisfied with enough for me to take to work the next day for lunch

Lizzie--x's picture

Great recipe if time is an issue. I made it the morning before I needed it and then heated it in the oven and it worked very well. I also didn't have enough cheddar, so used a bit of parmesan as well. Very tasty and makes absolutely loads - probably more like 5 portions.

forbairt's picture

To start ... I gave this a 4/5 ... I'm not a huge fan of tuna but want to try expanding my horizons for my kids (so there's no but daddy doesn't eat .... so why do we have to). It's rather tasty and I'd definitely have it again, it does however lack the wow factor for me. This was the first time trying it though so who knows for next time. Will make again. My 3 year old loved it :)

aliceeats's picture

Really great recipe, probably my favourite pasta bake from The good Food website. I thought the cream cheese really made it, making it creamy but still fairly healthy. I used a lot less pasta than stated (maybe around 100g less, though I can't quite remember) as this seemed like a lot. Will definitely make again.

Rachel Roberts's picture

I thought this was really quite bland, actually. I really don't think the soft cheese helps - it just seems to dilute the flavour. Onions might have been a welcome addition.

Millsybabe's picture

Absolutely 'Scrummy'. Will be doing it again. Made it just as it said.

masterfox_86's picture

Really love this recipe. It's easy and quick to make and very tasty, will definitely be making this often for quick suppers at the weekends.

janetashorey's picture

I blended the tomatoes to make a smooth sauce which became creamy when the cheese was added. Next time I think I will use Passatta. It reheats well in the oven; I made it the day before I needed it and reheated it in the oven. We thought it served 4 really good portions.

vickyhinde's picture

I made this last week, as 4 out of 5 nights we have to eat early and rush off to an activity. It was very simple to make, i used frozen broccoli, as i had some in freezer, i did not drain my can of diced tomatoes, so did not add extra water. My husband and I loved it, the 4 kids on the other hand, not so much...I think they're just biased as to anything with green in it. It made a lovely big batch and we got 2 nights worth of meals out of it, but for me it was an effort to get kids to eat it. so i probably won't be making again. this would be a good dish to make for someone who just had a baby or is unwell.

moonfan's picture

Really easy to make and tastes great too. I will be making this again as a staple in my weekly menu!

svhouse40's picture

Really nice, and easy

raven's picture

All my three children loved this and had seconds, An easy storecupboard recipe. I added fresh garlic and herbs to a normal tin of tomatoes. Pleasantly surprised by how tasty this was.

boersma's picture

Loved this, added garlic & onions as other people had mentioned and was super!

vrog's picture

Good, makes loads - probably feeds 6. Needs a bit of spicing up though, will add some chilli next time.

gfnatalie's picture

To everyone who was querying the fact that the recipe didn't state when to use the reserved cooking water- apologies. This was missed out of the method by mistake and has now been added. The purpose of the water is to thin out the sauce if it's too thick. Sorry about that! Thanks, the Good Food web team.

poshgirl04's picture

The second time I cooked this, I added onions into the oil at step 1. This added a little more bulk but gave it much more flavour. Very simple but effective. A great dish that my kids love and easy to prepare :0). Thank you.

dinahsallyb's picture

Flexible for family supper or friends.
IEvery one enjoyed it. The pasta remained soft even when reheated.
I added a few chopped olives.

smallasapeanut's picture

Stars didn't seem to work...so here they are!


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Tips (1)

clamcrab's picture

Drizzle Worcestershire sauce over the cheese topping before grilling.
Add a sprinkle of chilli flakes to the tomatoes when simmering.