Tuna pasta bake

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6
Whip up this cheap treat using storecupboard ingredients, tinned tuna and sweetcorn

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal752
  • fat26g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs99g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre4g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.43g
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  • 600g rigatoni
  • 50g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 250g strong cheddar, grated



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

  • 2 x 160g cans tuna steak in spring water, drained
  • 330g can sweetcorn, drained


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • large handful chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  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.

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Comments (130)

hsmith17's picture

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

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

Quick and easy to make. Tasted great too. Great for a mid week meal.

kerrieaskey's picture

Quick and easy to make. Tasted great too. Great for a mid week meal.

sabamoley's picture

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

leonie123's picture

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!!!

moocat's picture

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

We love this recipe and the garlic and lemon greens a must.

csjohn's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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