Tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake

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(125 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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9th Aug, 2012
Very easy recipe and good to do for the family
1st Jul, 2012
Easy, tasty
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.
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.
22nd Feb, 2012
Made this for dinner tonight, really enjoyed
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
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.
11th Feb, 2012
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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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.
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.


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