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)

meme55's picture

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

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

Really tasty but I chose not to add sweetcorn. Very quick and easy to make.

sisterdew's picture

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

gemzhere's picture

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

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!

archangelrich's picture

It's a really easy dish to make, but as it stands I find it a little bland. Make sure you season really well (a really healthy grind of black pepper is vital). It's not a fantastic dish - but it's a basic pasta bake, and it's a good starter to then play around with or build up your confidence. I made this as a student, and it's excellent for feeding a large number of unexpected guests.

roobaloo's picture

Such a great back-up meal or great comfort food...best thing about it is that it's so easy to modify and change to suit your own tastes. I've made versions with onions, bacon, mushrooms, chicken...smash up a packet of ready salted crisps, sprinkle over the dish before topping with cheese to get a wonderfully crunchy top..
My favourite one has been with a tin of condensed cream of mushroom soup with plenty of pepper rather than the white sauce to add another twist!

minxybubble's picture

This recipe is so easy and i made it with what i had lying around... as an extra i added bread crumbs to make the top layer nice and crispy. We loved it!

tickatape's picture

This is a great, quick store cupboard meal which can easily be addapted. I like the idea of adding prawns. I've just made it for tea and we enjoyed it, would be nice served with fresh crusty bread. I know I'll enjoy whats left for my lunch tomorrow.

cat123's picture

I haven't had tuna pasta bake since I was a kid, and I was really looking forward to trying this recipe. I was sadly disappointed, though - I found this dull and bland, and couldn't remember why I ever liked it so much. I don't know if this is a poor recipe or if my tastes have just changed: either way, I won't be making this again.

babybex's picture

i think for price and simpleness it is perfect, im about to become a mum and this will be on my family menu.

juliadaunt's picture

I made this for the first time the other night & we all loved it! So simple, cheap & filling, with loads left over for lunch the next day! I added spring onions - gave the dish more colour & some extra flavour, although I don't think it really needed them. Great dish!

charliepie's picture

It's fine for what it is. I don't think there is any way you could make this dish more exciting, but as a store cupboard meal it's works, I suppose. Personally I can see better things to make using tuna and sweetcorn, such as wapping it on a baked potato.

ebennington's picture

This is a great mid week meal which I love, especially when there is enough to reheat for lunch the next day too!

nicstraw's picture

What a fantastic and quick mid week meal for the family. I try to leave some to take to work the next day but it all gets eaten on the nite!

dragonma5306's picture

Not a dinner-party dish, but cheap, quick, easy and tasty: a great midweek meal for when you are in need of some comfort food. Reminds of being a student!

angelafield's picture

this tasted gorgeous, I made the bechamel sauce with a clove of garlic when I made this to serve 2 people

A lovely simple tasty dish.


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