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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minimagic80's picture
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A fast and easy tea time or supper recipe.. One i will be doing again!

minimagic80's picture
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A fast and easy tea time or supper recipe.. One i will be doing again!

c0c0nut5's picture
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Went down well, used sweetcorn instead of tomatoes. A good quick meal. Will make again.

cakey295's picture
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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
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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
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Amazing recipe, really tasty. Recommend it to anyone!!! :)

mamma123's picture
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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
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Nice recipe, anyone who prefers the sour flavor can try to use 130g pesto + 60g mustard instead of 190g pesto.

cat123's picture
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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!

sav2010's picture
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Made this for the whole family and even my son who doesn't love tuna really enjoyed it. very easy to make and the ingredients are all things you can have in the cupboard.

netsrecipes's picture
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Oops forgot to rate it!!

netsrecipes's picture
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Absolutely delicious! We all enjoyed this, and it's quick and easy to put together. I used red pepper pesto, drained the oil from the tuna and stirred in some cooked (frozen) spinach. I also made sure all the ingredients were hot before I put it under the grill, as, on my first attempt, it wasn't hot all the way through. A regular addition the family menu!

becky_moo's picture
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Very simple, but very tasty. Great meal to cook when you're too tired to do anything adventurous!

missurgar's picture
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my family just feel in love with this recipe. i made a mixture of pesto: green and red pesto. The result was just delicious!!

hamishmum's picture
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This was so easy & delicious. I love pesto so there wasn't too much for me. I would quarter the tomatoes next time.

angiegough81's picture
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Didn't like this at all. Far too much pesto.

caline5's picture

I followed the actual recipe and it was delicious. I made it with red pesto and my family all loved it. Will definately make again.

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