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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

muggedonions's picture
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Easy and tastes great. The perfect dish. I got my cooking confidence and experience doing this one over the years for friends and family. A beginners must!

tracylove's picture
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This is a real favourite in our family i've made it several times now and have made it using celery inplace of the sweetcorn and have added chopped bacon for even more flavour, yum yum !!

soniarich's picture

Suggestion for Janet who is unable to print the ingredients ..... write them down!!!

emmyloug's picture

This has become a firm favourite as it's so quick and easy to do whilst still being tasty and filling. There's only two of us so I halved the recipe and also added some chopped red onion for a bit more oomph. This gave us two hearty portions for an evening meal with a good portion left for my lunch the next day. Yum!

galajsa's picture

Hi I made this recipe last week it was great although i changed some of the ing. I added onion & tiger prwns also I added some chili to spice it up. I left out the sweet corn
It was delicious. :) Everyone liked it!

renomate's picture
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Good comfort food when you cant be bothered to do anything special, typical student food.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Okay for a midweek supper but nothing special.

janetwynne's picture

I have tried printing this recipe and three for purple sprouting broccoli but the ingredients do not get printed - any suggestions

thanks

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