Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

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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

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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

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benjaminward's picture
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Not bad for a mid week meal. I had to pimp it with some chopped chilli, chopped courgette, some spinach & some English mustard in the cheese sauce.

mcn1991's picture
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Added some sundried tomatoes and peas in, though found I need more flour than it states to get a thick enough sauce. Great recipe though - keeps for days.

kayubi's picture

great, somple and easy dish. ive made it a million times but today i substituted one of the cans of tuna for some cooked ham, also added chopped olives and chilli flakes as i find it a little bland sometimes. also i find it easier to season the sauce before the tuna, sweetcorn and other bits go in as its easier to mix. theres so much you can do with this dish... be inventive!!

cookingcate's picture

I was looking for a good stanby weekday meal, preferably without meat. We are three adults and a 2 year old. Firstly, there is far too much food here, I served it with a salad and crusty bread. I would cook half the quantity if I did it again. Two of the adults loved it but I found it to be very bland. Would definately add garlic and probably something else to give it some flavour.

tallulahb's picture

I did not like this at all! I thought it was to dry and tasteless.

lynx66's picture

this recipe was so easy and quick to make and was really really tasty

stormster's picture

Great recipe. I am actually an experienced cook but its brill to get everyday, simple recipes like this. Adding peas is good idea.

diamond_sky's picture
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Great when you get home & want a simple but tasty meal with store cupboard ingredients. I used goats milk & cheese & substituted the sweetcorn for peas and it was great.

inathalie's picture
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I've done it today and it turned out great.
It wouldn't be dull if you add nutmeg and lots of black pepper (in powder) into the sauce. It's a great dish for cold winter days.

sandraborg's picture
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Simply delicious, quick and easy to make.

bexisus's picture

Easy, cheap and much better than a packet mix.

hsmith17's picture
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Found it a bit bland. Perfect to use up things in the store cupboard. I tried adding some Lea and Perrins for a bit more flavour. I halved the recipe and that would easily feed 4 or 3 generous portions.

flyfishingman's picture

I'm recovering from Radiotherapy for throat Cancer so this is absolutely perfect as a way back to solid food. To ring the changes, I add blanched Broccoli florest or some chopped fresh pepper. Basically Mac and cheese with added Tuna :)

mbenza's picture
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I like this recipe for numerous reasons... It's dirt-cheap and easy to make and it's a great store cupboard dinner... It might be little bland, so I usually add finely chopped onion or spring onions, bunch of chopped parsley and basil and little bit of chopped chilli pepper to spice things up...

kerrieaskey's picture
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Quick and easy to make. Tasted great too. Great for a mid week meal.

kerrieaskey's picture
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Quick and easy to make. Tasted great too. Great for a mid week meal.

sabamoley's picture
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Great comfort food, especially when you don't want to go shopping.

leonie123's picture
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To make this dish even more healthy, try using Dreamfields pasta. I can get this in my local health food shop. It makes the dish a lot lower in carbs. Just look up Dreamfields on Internet.

lilyandpops's picture

This is really simple recipe but a very tasty meal. Ideal for a weekday when you haven't got much time. I'll definitely make it again

kayubi's picture

Ive tried alot of tuna pasta bake recipes and none of them are that good, this one is by far the best recipe!! lovely and creamy,cheesy and perfect comfort food. I changed the recipe slightly, i only use 400g of pasta and rather than 2 tins of tuna i only add 1 and use 4 chopped cooked sausages. I also had some hot pepper sauce into the sauce before all the ingredients go in. YUMMY!!!

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