Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Throw together some storecupboard ingredients and pop under the grill for a simple midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
696
protein
40g
carbs
79g
fat
27g
saturates
11g
fibre
4g
sugar
5g
salt
1.5g

Ingredients

  • 400g penne
  • 200g can yellowfin tuna in olive oil
  • 190g jar basil pesto (or try a different flavour such as spinach, tomato or aubergine pesto)
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved

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Method

  1. Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, tip the tuna and its oil into a large bowl with the pesto. Mash together with a wooden spoon. Stir in a third of the cheese and all of the tomatoes. Heat the grill to high.
  2. When the pasta is cooked, drain and toss through the pesto mix. Tip into a shallow baking dish and scatter with the remaining cheese. Place the dish under the grill for 3-4 mins until just melted, then serve with a green salad and garlic bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2009

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freshcream's picture

i was wondering how to use up my red pesto, so I threw it into a pot w/ some olive oil, added salt n pepper, garlic and tuna. Then I added fresh spaghetti from Waitrose, and stirred in some cheddar. Im on a juice fast so I cant taste it, but my son is wolfing it down and saying "best pasta ever!" with nearly every bite. For something that took less than 10 min to rustle up, I'd definitely make this again. Easy, quick, and apparently tasty too (I'll make it again in a fortnight and know for sure).

claire3t's picture
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So, so easy and really tasty. Definitely in the binder for those tired evenings - am thinking it's probably pretty healthy too.

cat123's picture
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I'm surprised I haven't commented on this before, as it's one of my favourite meals and has been since I first came across the recipe. I usually use tuna in water rather than oil as otherwise it can be a bit greasy, and cook it in the oven to make sure it's hot all the way through. To save a small amount of washing up, I don't usually bother mixing the tuna, pesto, etc in a bowl - just wait until the pasta's cooked, drain it and put it back in the saucepan, then add everything else and stir. It's so easy, quick and tasty.

tinydancer's picture
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For what this is, which is a simple, quick mid week meal, I'd give it 5 stars. So easy to throw together and suprisingly tasty.

mercuryzelda's picture
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Really enjoyed this. I used tuna in spring water (didn't drain it), mozzarella instead of cheddar, and some tomato sauce as my husband and I don't fancy raw tomatoes. Turned out lovely.

valleybaker46's picture
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Not a big fan of pasta bakes myself but this was lovely!! Everyone ate it all and any leftovers (There was a lot and filled us up!) are being used to go to work for dinnner!!

fionaandailis's picture
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Quite disappointing. Didn't use all the pesto and still very greasy. Kids not keen either and they eat most things. Won't try again

jollypops's picture
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worked well for a quick, last minute, Sunday dinner for 6. We used half the pesto, added a serving spoon of cream cheese and a bit more cheese and tuna. Also scattered fresh basil on the top (made it look quite posh)

cshields's picture
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Really is storecupboard ingredients hence cheap.
Oh so easy to make, full of flavour enjoyed by all the family - loved it.

drhshires's picture
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Made this tonight and it is now firmly one of my favourite storecupboard recipes. I wouldn't make it for a dinner party, but as a tasty and easy family supper it is excellent. I am not a huge fan of the usual tuna sweetcorn bakes - the tuna can be a bit overpowering - but the pesto and tomatoes go really well in this recipe. A big thumbs up!

chinnymummy's picture
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Made this for dinner tonight and it really went down well! It was so quick and easy to make - will definitely make this again for a quick mid week meal. Instead of using penne pasta, I used some spinach pasta which made it look really interesting and added a slightly different taste. Next time I think I'll not mix in the tomatoes and just layer them on top with the cheese so that they get nice and grilled.

only_me_tracey's picture
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we have this all the time, made the first time exactly as above and was yummy but a little oily for my taste. Now we usetuna fish in brine - drain it and i mix the pesto with creme fraiche or low fat mayo top with motzella normally as lower fat... its lovely and my boyfriend demands it normally once a fortnight ... lovely cold for lunch too :D

dellamaria's picture

Really nice and a quick meal if you're busy but don't want to opt for convenience food for the family.

maraweir's picture
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Really liked the flavours in this but on first attempt it didn't heat through properly, next time will stir the ingredients warm before grilling.

ahaldane's picture
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Forgot to rate it! :-)

ahaldane's picture
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I'm making this for the third time by special request of my other half! I didn't need any persuasion to make it as it really is a tasty supper and so quick and easy to put together. Thanks Dizzy Bec for mentioning that the recipe works well with tinned salmon! I will try that next time with a red pesto - should work very well.

janehward's picture
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This recipe was quick and easy, and was very tasty. We used a tomato pesto which worked well. Huge hit with my daughter. Will definately make again.

dizzybec's picture
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Simple tasty meal. I often use half fat creme fraiche with a tablespoon of red pesto intead of a whole jar and it is lovely and creamy.
tinned salmon , sometime with peas or broccolli or whatever we have in works well too.

lukemedwynjones's picture

i made this but used tuna in water as the oil looked a bit much. i added yellow and red peppers and sweetcorn too (to bump up my 5 a day)

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