Tuna balls with pea & sweetcorn pasta

Tuna balls with pea & sweetcorn pasta

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(15 ratings)

Ready in 30-40 minutes


Enough for 4 child portions
If your children like fish fingers, they'll love these - and you can freeze the tuna balls too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze the tuna balls only


  • kcal517
  • fat26g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.78g
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    For the tuna balls

    • 200g can tuna in oil



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

    • 85g fresh breadcrumbs
    • 50g cheddar, finely grated



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

    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
    • 2 tbsp sunflower or olive oil, for frying
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • tomato ketchup, to serve

    For the pasta

    • 100g small pasta shapes



      Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

    • a handful of frozen peas
    • half a 418g can creamed-style corn


    1. To make the tuna balls, tip the tuna and its oil into a large bowl and stir in the breadcrumbs and grated cheese. Add the beaten egg and chives, then season with a pinch of salt and stir again until everything is well mixed.

    2. Form into 12 balls the size of ping-pong balls, then chill until you’re ready to cook.

    3. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, dropping in the peas for the last couple of minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the balls for 8-10 minutes, turning often, until they’re golden brown. Drain them on kitchen paper and keep warm.

    4. Drain the pasta, return to the pan and add the corn. Heat gently for a minute, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Serve with ketchup.

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    8th Apr, 2011
    saturday night special quick, easy and delicous and I'm the faddy one in the house. : )
    19th Jan, 2011
    absolutely lovely recipe, but very greasy. Next time i will try it with no oil but with extra egg. little one ate everything thou.
    22nd Dec, 2010
    Kids loved these. Used a 185g tin of tuna and it worked fine.
    29th Nov, 2009
    Never mind for kids ... we all love this this one! Made it several times now. I get all the ingredients together and pop them all in the food processor. Makes the mixture lovely and smooth. And saves me some work!
    9th Aug, 2008
    Grat for kids... mine enjoyed making and eating them. When cooked taste like bread rolls, next time will add more breadcrumbs
    31st Jul, 2008
    I made these into Burgers with a roll and ketchup kids loved them - even the one that doesnt like Tuna!
    12th Feb, 2008
    really wicked! loved it! It's quick and delicious. I never thought about using tuna in this way before, by making tuna balls. It worked for me and I have already recommended it to others.
    16th Dec, 2007
    This meal is quick, easy and perfect for kids. The tuna balls went down a storm and are also great on their own as nibbles at parties.


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