Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(94 ratings)

By

Magazine subscription – 3 issues for £3

Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

Whip up this cheap treat using storecupboard ingredients, tinned tuna and sweetcorn

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
752
protein
37g
carbs
99g
fat
26g
saturates
15g
fibre
4g
sugar
12g
salt
1.43g

Ingredients

  • 600g rigatoni
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 250g strong cheddar, grated
  • 2 x 160g cans tuna steak in spring water, drained
  • 330g can sweetcorn, drained
  • large handful chopped parsley

Buy Ingredients

Buy the ingredients for this recipe now via:

Want to know how this works? Read all about it here.

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Boil the pasta for 2 mins less time than stated on the pack. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min, then gradually stir in the milk to make a thick white sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in all but a handful of cheese.
  2. Drain the pasta, mix with the white sauce, tuna, sweetcorn and parsley, then season. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake for 15-20 mins until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments

Show comments
lucyrjones's picture

As usual, you need to tweak the quantities according to taste - the amount of pasta in this is far too much for us - but the flavours go beautifully together and it couldn't be easier to make.

natalias's picture

Made this for my usually very fussy hubby and son - and they both loved it! I add grated nutmeg to the white sauce, and vary the vegetables. Doing this for dinner tonight again!

bramblesthe's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I made this last night, although I added onion, mushrooms & peppers - absolutely delicious & highly recommended!

finbar284's picture

This is in my cooker now. We have this quite a lot. I add a tin of chopped tomatoes & nutmeg & pepper to the cheese sauce. I use half fat cheese for the sauce but put full fat and crushed cheese & onion crisps on the top. Sometimes I add peppers but usually peas & sweetcorn.

SarahBTM's picture

I am a small family too. Should I freeze after cooking or before?

eblyth94's picture

For a student who can barely cook I found this recipe super easy to follow! I was a bit anxious about the end result but was very surprised when it tasted delicious. I reduced the ingredients because I'm not feeding a family but still found that it lasted for 2 meals. I also didn't put any sweetcorn in as I'm not a fan.
Will definitely cook this again and found it cheap to make! :)

pipsipops's picture

Very tasty indeed and so easy to make. My daughter absolutely loved it. I used defrosted frozen sweetcorn instead as I didn't have any tinned and it worked fine. Will be making again soon.

Pajtard's picture

I make this very often, it's so easy to make. I normally add sweetcorn, peas and spring onion. Served with homemade potato salad. (I'm actually cooking this as I type!)

mercuryzelda's picture

Lovely recipe. I used fresh broccoli instead of the sweetcorn, boiled along with the pasta.

lilemz93's picture

Easy and cheap to make, I added more cheese and flour to the sauce to make it thick enough, and a fair amount of black pepper. I don't really like canned tuna but am trying to eat more protein so I made this for my family, they all loved it, so it's a good recipe.

peanutsmum's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

We are a small family, so I make 2 and freeze one, brill for a midweek dinner.

I sometimes use peppers, peas, ham instead of tuna

sharangsharma's picture

Hi, I think adding peppers in the pasta is a mighty fine idea. And this might sound like a really dumb questions, but I just wanted to know at what time do you add the peppers?

peanutsmum's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Great for a quick dinner, I often throw in a bit of ham, peas, peppers, whatever instead of tuna. As we are a small family, I make 2 and freeze one, great to pull out of the freezer for a quick midweek dinner.

baskey's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Delicious!

shubeedoo's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

great recipe! made the white sauce and tuna mix and then stuffed into and poured over cannelloni - perfect for a cold winters evening!

pitaya's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I make this quite often. Really easy to make and always goes down well - the second time I made it, I had no sweetcorn (or peas!) so added onion and it was just as lovely. I always add a little more cheese though!

tekois's picture

My wife does'nt like tuna or sweetcorn so i've used mushrooms and leak's instead.

mercuryzelda's picture

This was delicious! I didn't have tinned sweetcorn so I boiled some frozen mixed veg right in with the pasta (shells). I also fried up a little bacon and half a tin of mushrooms and added these to the mix (I halved the recipe). I have a heavy hand with black pepper because I love it, and I felt it added a nice flavour to the dish. Put breadcrumbs and a little parmesan on top, it was stunning!

jessgm's picture

So after a heavy Friday night out, I was confined to my pajamas and my sofa. There was no way I was leaving the house to find food so it was this or nothing. I'm a pretty good cook, I wouldn't normally make stuff like this and looking at the ingredients list I new it would need extra stuff - I added sauted onions and baby leeks, peas and spinach as well as garlic, chilli and a lot of salt and pepper. I also used parmesan as well as regular cheese. This recipe would be very bland made as is, you need to think about how to brighten it up. otherwise it is just a bit starchy and blah.

ruby_may98's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Would make again, but with 300ml milk and 250g of cream cheese as we found the sauce a bit runny and flavourless.

Pages

Questions

Tips