Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

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(113 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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mercuryzelda
8th Oct, 2012
This was delicious! I didn't have tinned sweetcorn so I boiled some frozen mixed veg right in with the pasta (shells). I also fried up a little bacon and half a tin of mushrooms and added these to the mix (I halved the recipe). I have a heavy hand with black pepper because I love it, and I felt it added a nice flavour to the dish. Put breadcrumbs and a little parmesan on top, it was stunning!
jessgm
6th Oct, 2012
So after a heavy Friday night out, I was confined to my pajamas and my sofa. There was no way I was leaving the house to find food so it was this or nothing. I'm a pretty good cook, I wouldn't normally make stuff like this and looking at the ingredients list I new it would need extra stuff - I added sauted onions and baby leeks, peas and spinach as well as garlic, chilli and a lot of salt and pepper. I also used parmesan as well as regular cheese. This recipe would be very bland made as is, you need to think about how to brighten it up. otherwise it is just a bit starchy and blah.
ruby_may98
25th Sep, 2012
4.05
Would make again, but with 300ml milk and 250g of cream cheese as we found the sauce a bit runny and flavourless.
katgarbutt
12th Sep, 2012
5.05
Super easy and cheap supper. Ideally enough for more than one meal but realistically there's a clean dish after one sitting.
tapie08
10th Aug, 2012
tried this jusT now, added some bacon bits, onions and a vegetable cube of stock to give it a good kick! tasted AMAZING!
hettykitson
9th Aug, 2012
Very easy recipe and good to do for the family
samson111
1st Jul, 2012
4.05
Easy, tasty
cupcake27
16th Jun, 2012
Me and my partner love this dish - I always make the cheese sauce very cheesy and use a big can of tune - lovely with salad.
trendygal948
24th Feb, 2012
I love this recipe! I first came across it at school and it is absolutely fulfills my tastebuds needs! It is very easy to make once you get the hang of it.
suz1584
22nd Feb, 2012
5.05
Made this for dinner tonight, really enjoyed

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