Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

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(114 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 600g rigatoni
  • 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…

  • 250g strong cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    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
    Sweetcorn

    Sweetcorn

    sw-eet corn

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

  • large handful chopped parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

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

Method

  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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eblyth94
18th Nov, 2013
For a student who can barely cook I found this recipe super easy to follow! I was a bit anxious about the end result but was very surprised when it tasted delicious. I reduced the ingredients because I'm not feeding a family but still found that it lasted for 2 meals. I also didn't put any sweetcorn in as I'm not a fan. Will definitely cook this again and found it cheap to make! :)
pipsipops
21st Oct, 2013
Very tasty indeed and so easy to make. My daughter absolutely loved it. I used defrosted frozen sweetcorn instead as I didn't have any tinned and it worked fine. Will be making again soon.
Pajtard
21st Aug, 2013
I make this very often, it's so easy to make. I normally add sweetcorn, peas and spring onion. Served with homemade potato salad. (I'm actually cooking this as I type!)
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lilemz93
10th Jul, 2013
Easy and cheap to make, I added more cheese and flour to the sauce to make it thick enough, and a fair amount of black pepper. I don't really like canned tuna but am trying to eat more protein so I made this for my family, they all loved it, so it's a good recipe.
peanutsmum
25th May, 2013
5.05
We are a small family, so I make 2 and freeze one, brill for a midweek dinner. I sometimes use peppers, peas, ham instead of tuna
sharangsharma
12th Sep, 2013
Hi, I think adding peppers in the pasta is a mighty fine idea. And this might sound like a really dumb questions, but I just wanted to know at what time do you add the peppers?
peanutsmum
25th May, 2013
5.05
Great for a quick dinner, I often throw in a bit of ham, peas, peppers, whatever instead of tuna. As we are a small family, I make 2 and freeze one, great to pull out of the freezer for a quick midweek dinner.
baskey
4th Apr, 2013
5.05
Delicious!
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shubeedoo
9th Feb, 2013
5.05
great recipe! made the white sauce and tuna mix and then stuffed into and poured over cannelloni - perfect for a cold winters evening!
pitaya
1st Dec, 2012
4.05
I make this quite often. Really easy to make and always goes down well - the second time I made it, I had no sweetcorn (or peas!) so added onion and it was just as lovely. I always add a little more cheese though!

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