Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

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(94 ratings)

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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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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!!!

moocat's picture
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This is a good and tasty home comforts meal. Its very easy to prepare and very filling. I do not add sweetcorn but add a tin of chopped tomatoes to it instead which goes very well.

hawkmoon's picture
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We love this recipe and the garlic and lemon greens a must.

csjohn's picture
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I made this yesterday and was impressed. I didn't have Rigatoni so used Penne. I halved all of the ingredients to make enough for 3 and there was still plenty left for tomorrows lunch :)
Will definetly make this regularly.

flossy425's picture
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love this was so easy, added peas and some peppers to, needs lots of salt and pepper ,abit bland without. good weekday meal will use again

katwixoe's picture
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Good basic recipe, I substituted spring onion for parsley to give it a bit more zing. Certainly enough for 6-8 with a side salad.

sallyb478's picture

One person in our family has high cholesterol and can't eat cheese, so I make the sauce using creme fraiche and a splash of white wine with a good dash of pepper. Have included whatever else in fridge..peppers, bacon, onion, etc and it's OK. When I bak e it - i only put cheese topping on half!

sarah-janerich's picture
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This is simple but so yummy. I will definately be making this again.

jburton's picture

This sounds a good midweek meal. Ive taken some of the other comments into consideration, such as adding garlic and bacon. I also will probably add some sliced tomatos to the top before putting in the oven. The great thing with a meal like this is that it can be played about with and changed about to suit your taste or what you have in the cupboard. Served with some garlic ciabatta bread, lovely.

sdw1971's picture
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Made this for the first time today, have a husband and 5 children to feed! They all rated this 10/10, that says it all really.

Very simple, quick recipe, will use this time and time again

rachelpotts's picture
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very nice. i made this last week for lunch. when i put the grated cheese on, i mixed some crushed up tortilla chips with the cheese then baked it. it just added that bit crunch. very nice, going to make it for dinner next week for my mum and i.

shelleyangell's picture
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My 8 year old and I loved this! I used finely chopped tomatoes instead of the sweetcorn and had it with some delicious crusy bread.

meme55's picture
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Yum, yum, yum. Easy, tasty comfort food.

diane_lee's picture

For a person who has never cooked with tuna or made white sauce before this was a sinch and it tasted fanastic!
It took me about an hour in total to make (sauce took the longest)

vicwiggers's picture
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It was nice, but I made it for two. There was too much pasta and not enough tuna. Needs some tweeks and it will be perfect. Added a red onion, it made it taste better.

blut_und_glitzer's picture
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Really tasty but I chose not to add sweetcorn. Very quick and easy to make.

sisterdew's picture
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added a small can of peas and carrots and used low-fat cheese. very yummy:)

gemzhere's picture
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it was nothing special although it was my first attempt at a cheese sauce yaaay. it was filling though and perfect for when you just cant really be bothered.

lynnesue's picture

I made this for tea tonight for unexpected visitors it was quick easy and none left. This I will make again and have a go at freezing some.

jen160677's picture
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A really good easy recipe for a comforting evening supper. I took on board some of the comments and added a chili for a kick and some peas for colour. Lovely!

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