Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

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(118 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6

Whip up this cheap treat using storecupboard ingredients, tinned tuna and sweetcorn

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal752
  • fat26g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs99g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre4g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.43g
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  • 600g rigatoni
  • 50g butter



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

  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml milk



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

  • 250g strong cheddar, grated



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

  • 2 x 160g cans tuna steak in spring water, drained
  • 330g can sweetcorn, drained


    sw-eet corn

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

  • large handful chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Boil the pasta for 2 mins less time than stated on the pack. To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min, then gradually stir in the milk to make a thick white sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in all but a handful of cheese.

  2. Drain the pasta, mix with the white sauce, tuna, sweetcorn and parsley, then season. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake for 15-20 mins until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown.

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4th Oct, 2015
I have this in the oven now. I know it's appropriate to comment on recipe as written. It's not somehow in my DNA to follow a recipe to the letter. I cut back pasta to 1#. I added enough half and half and also some skim milk to the bechemel so that it wasn't too thick. Also added some nutmeg. Tasted great after adding xtra xtra sharp cheddar. Added 3 cans white albacore tuna, peas, corn, scallions, parsley to pasta before adding sauce. After mixing all together and adjusting seasonings, it needed something. So I added a couple Tbl of soy sauce. That did it! Added panko, parsley, crushed corn flakes to shredded cheese for topping and tossed it with a little olive oil. Sprinkled it over top. It smells heavenly!
21st Sep, 2015
Halved the recipe for 3. Still plenty. Bit too dry for me. Completely edible, and very simple. Will probably do a version of this again but I'd make it more saucey and add an onion and other veg. Nothing massively wrong with recipe, just not for me.
16th Aug, 2015
I really enjoyed this. Overdid it with lots of dried parsley & mixed herbs along with salt n pepper and it was delicious. Whole family wolfed it down!
10th Mar, 2015
Seasoning. Not a mention of seasoning...With such a basic recipie...you're goin to need it...
16th Jan, 2015
Was ok as a basic recipe, I halved the ingredients as was just for three of us but the sauce was too thick and the result was a bit dry.
4th Oct, 2014
Good recipe - perfect for me and my housemates. Easy to make and very tasty.
17th Mar, 2014
As usual, you need to tweak the quantities according to taste - the amount of pasta in this is far too much for us - but the flavours go beautifully together and it couldn't be easier to make.
5th Feb, 2014
Made this for my usually very fussy hubby and son - and they both loved it! I add grated nutmeg to the white sauce, and vary the vegetables. Doing this for dinner tonight again!
Ann Geraldine
5th Feb, 2014
I made this last night, although I added onion, mushrooms & peppers - absolutely delicious & highly recommended!
6th Jan, 2014
This is in my cooker now. We have this quite a lot. I add a tin of chopped tomatoes & nutmeg & pepper to the cheese sauce. I use half fat cheese for the sauce but put full fat and crushed cheese & onion crisps on the top. Sometimes I add peppers but usually peas & sweetcorn.


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