Tuna pasta bake

Easy tuna pasta bake

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4

A simple cheesy tuna bake that's filling and guaranteed to be a hit with the kids

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal655
  • fat30g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre4g
  • protein41g
  • salt1.7g
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Ingredients

  • 400g fusilli pasta
  • 100g frozen pea
  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 x 195g cans tuna, drained
    Tuna

    Tuna

    tune-ah

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

  • 4 spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 198g can sweetcorn, drained
    Sweetcorn

    Sweetcorn

    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • 100g cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

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

Method

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook, following pack instructions, until tender. Add the peas for the final 3 mins cooking time.

  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 mins. Add the milk, whisking constantly, then slowly bring to the boil, stirring often, until sauce thickens. Remove from the heat, add the mustard and season well.

  3. Heat the grill to medium. Drain the pasta and peas, then return to the pan and stir in the tuna, spring onions, sweetcorn and sauce. Tip into a shallow baking dish, top with the cheddar and cook under the grill for 5 mins or until golden and bubbling.

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Mardiray
21st Aug, 2018
Did this for the first time and everyone loved it...four adults and one child. Reading the reviews I decided to add more mustard, (four good teaspoons) and added salt and a good grind of black pepper. Also slightly less pasta, (about 340g) which was plenty and I had some left over. I used a fair bit more cheddar though for the top, about 160g as we like a good crispy topping of cheese. One brilliant thing about THIS tuna pasta recipe? As the cheese is not in the sauce I was able to cater for my non dairy daughter. Used alternative milk and butter, and for the cheese topping I grated her Manchego cheese and sprinkled that liberally on one corner and cheddar cheesed the rest. Worked perfectly. I will definitely be making this again.
Honeygran
6th Dec, 2016
5.05
Great cold weather dish. I took hannahlouise's advice and used more mustard and used less flour to make the sauce more pourable. Also I only used 300g of pasta as I always use 75g per person. It was definitely plenty.
hannahlouise_
10th Mar, 2016
5.05
Absolutely delicious!! Definitely one of my favourite meals! I recommend adding more mustard, when I make this pasta bake I allow 1tsp of mustard per person.
hrgoddess
21st Jul, 2014
2.05
I've made something similar, only using a can of cream of mushroom soup (no white sauce) which I like better. I found this recipe to be a bit too stodgy.
traciewebb
16th Sep, 2012
4.05
I liked this and will make it again. I used slightly less pasta (because I ran out!) but it seemed adequate. I also used broccoli instead of peas (as i don't like peas) and fried garlic, red onion and a yellow pepper to add in at the tuna stage as there were no kids eating. Kick and easy to make after a day at work.
traciewebb
16th Sep, 2012
4.05
I liked this and will make it again. I used slightly less pasta (because I ran out!) but it seemed adequate. I also used broccoli instead of peas (as i don't like peas) and fried garlic, red onion and a yellow pepper to add in at the tuna stage as there were no kids eating. Kick and easyq
traciewebb
16th Sep, 2012
4.05
I liked this and will make it again. I used slightly less pasta (because I ran out!) but it seemed adequate. I also used broccoli instead of peas (as i don't like peas) and fried garlic, red onion and a yellow pepper to add in at the tuna stage as there were no kids eating. Kick and easyq
goodfoodfornadia
25th Apr, 2012
3.05
This recipe is really good and quick to make. Maybe serve with broccoli and carrots to be on the healthy side. Also it is freezable! Probably add more cheddar than suggested.
imranino
9th Apr, 2012
Great easy recipe, especially during dissertation time! Add some fresh parmesan for nicer flavour (I didn't have any cheddar when I made it anyway). I use frozen sweetcorn rather than canned: just add it to the pasta at the same time as the peas. Serve with tabasco or similar!
lauralizpin
15th Jan, 2012
Great mid week easy family recipe. My 2 year old daughter loved it. I agree I did go overboard with the addition of mustard & added a rather large heaped teaspoon!! I also added a diced (raw) red pepper.

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charliebarley93
4th Nov, 2013
can you do the sauce with self raising flour or does it have to be plain flour?
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