Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Throw together some storecupboard ingredients and pop under the grill for a simple midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal696
  • fat27g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs79g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 400g penne
  • 200g can yellowfin tuna in olive oil



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • 190g jar basil pesto (or try a different flavour such as spinach, tomato or aubergine pesto)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 100g cheddar, grated



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

  • 250g punnet cherry tomato, halved


  1. Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, tip the tuna and its oil into a large bowl with the pesto. Mash together with a wooden spoon. Stir in a third of the cheese and all of the tomatoes. Heat the grill to high.

  2. When the pasta is cooked, drain and toss through the pesto mix. Tip into a shallow baking dish and scatter with the remaining cheese. Place the dish under the grill for 3-4 mins until just melted, then serve with a green salad and garlic bread.

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18th Aug, 2011
Made this tonight and it is now firmly one of my favourite storecupboard recipes. I wouldn't make it for a dinner party, but as a tasty and easy family supper it is excellent. I am not a huge fan of the usual tuna sweetcorn bakes - the tuna can be a bit overpowering - but the pesto and tomatoes go really well in this recipe. A big thumbs up!
6th Aug, 2011
Made this for dinner tonight and it really went down well! It was so quick and easy to make - will definitely make this again for a quick mid week meal. Instead of using penne pasta, I used some spinach pasta which made it look really interesting and added a slightly different taste. Next time I think I'll not mix in the tomatoes and just layer them on top with the cheese so that they get nice and grilled.
27th May, 2011
we have this all the time, made the first time exactly as above and was yummy but a little oily for my taste. Now we usetuna fish in brine - drain it and i mix the pesto with creme fraiche or low fat mayo top with motzella normally as lower fat... its lovely and my boyfriend demands it normally once a fortnight ... lovely cold for lunch too :D
26th May, 2011
Really nice and a quick meal if you're busy but don't want to opt for convenience food for the family.
5th May, 2011
Really liked the flavours in this but on first attempt it didn't heat through properly, next time will stir the ingredients warm before grilling.
7th Apr, 2011
Forgot to rate it! :-)
7th Apr, 2011
I'm making this for the third time by special request of my other half! I didn't need any persuasion to make it as it really is a tasty supper and so quick and easy to put together. Thanks Dizzy Bec for mentioning that the recipe works well with tinned salmon! I will try that next time with a red pesto - should work very well.
8th Mar, 2011
This recipe was quick and easy, and was very tasty. We used a tomato pesto which worked well. Huge hit with my daughter. Will definately make again.
17th Feb, 2011
Simple tasty meal. I often use half fat creme fraiche with a tablespoon of red pesto intead of a whole jar and it is lovely and creamy. tinned salmon , sometime with peas or broccolli or whatever we have in works well too.
7th Feb, 2011
i made this but used tuna in water as the oil looked a bit much. i added yellow and red peppers and sweetcorn too (to bump up my 5 a day)


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