Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Throw together some storecupboard ingredients and pop under the grill for a simple midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal696
  • fat27g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs79g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 400g penne
  • 200g can yellowfin tuna in olive oil



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • 190g jar basil pesto (or try a different flavour such as spinach, tomato or aubergine pesto)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 100g cheddar, grated



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

  • 250g punnet cherry tomato, halved


  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.

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Comments (54)

only_me_tracey's picture

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

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

Forgot to rate it! :-)

ahaldane's picture

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

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

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)

minimagic80's picture

A fast and easy tea time or supper recipe.. One i will be doing again!

minimagic80's picture

A fast and easy tea time or supper recipe.. One i will be doing again!

c0c0nut5's picture

Went down well, used sweetcorn instead of tomatoes. A good quick meal. Will make again.

cakey295's picture

Lovely and easy to make but halving the tomatoes left them a bit too large for the dish so I think quartering them is probably best. Would definitely make again though.

shirley1265's picture

done this a couple of times and everyone loves it. Last time I didn't have cherry tomatoes so used a tin of chopped tomates (Drained) It was actually much nicer with a much more tomatoey flavour. Also prefer it with half pest & half mayo as suggested by another cook.

waterhouse2020's picture

Mid-week family favourite - used different pesto, peppers etc and still great...

maisylou's picture

Thoroughly enjoyed this. The kids like pasta, so I am constantly looking for new recipes. I didn't fancy adding all of the oil from the tuna, and like a previous poster, opted for red pesto. To make a bit more liquid I mixed 1 tbsp red pesto, 1 tbps mayo and about 150ml milk, and it owrked very well

hamsterharris's picture

Amazing recipe, really tasty. Recommend it to anyone!!! :)

mamma123's picture

lovely!!! another hit with the kids which is surspising. adding the cherry tomatoes really made it a little more interesting too. great recipe.

fatty71's picture

Didnt really love this. It was okay but I wouldnt make this again.

aibamyu's picture

Nice recipe, anyone who prefers the sour flavor can try to use 130g pesto + 60g mustard instead of 190g pesto.

cat123's picture

A really nice storecupboard recipe. I used tuna in water, with an added splosh of ev olive oil, and roughly chopped big tomatoes rather than halved cherry ones, as that's what I had, and it still came out very tasty. Definitely one to remember for the future!


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