Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

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(118 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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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
jackim
17th Feb, 2012
Made this last night - yum - really quick and easy to do and looked great on the table. Not particularly 'slimming' with the butter and all the cheese, and I might try it with half fat stuff next time - sure it won't be so tasty though ! Definitely recommend this
steebs
13th Feb, 2012
For a lovely tangy bechemal, try adding a good dose of Lemon Pepper. Also its a good idea to keep your bechemal is very loose, else it may end up a gluggy mess.
spannad
11th Feb, 2012
4.05
The children love this and it is quick, easy and cheap to make. I usually add a bit of fresh green pesto to the sauce to add flavour -yummy! My 6 year old had 3 portions of this the other day he liked it so much! I've also successfully tried it with chicken and spinach with parmesan instead of tuna, sweetcorn and cheddar. Go explore!
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linehk
1st Feb, 2012
I've never liked canned tuna, but made it one of my new years resolutions to try liking it. This recipe was really easy and went great with the tuna, will be a repeat meal in our home I think.
whats4t
31st Jan, 2012
this is one of those dishes that just need the individual touch, prawns any other fish, chorizo etc, more spice less spice make it your own but just as it comes is lovely! I serve a green veg and crusty bread sometimes.
freediva
23rd Jan, 2012
Lovely dish, really easy to make. Reduced the fat a bit with just 150g of strong cheese and skimmed milk rather than full fat. It costs 17 Pro Weight Watchers Points per portion with the changes, so I will be looking for more fat reducing chances next time.
ven_den
18th Jan, 2012
4.05
I added more vegetables to this dish to make it a bit more filling and healthy. I steamed frozen veg and mixed it in with the pasta, tuna and cheese sauce. Yummy!
bblackcat09
15th Jan, 2012
5.05
Easy, tasty and a store cupboard favourite of ours. I like some of the ideas of adding other ingredients too. I'll try it with some peas.

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