Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

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(43 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 400g penne
  • 200g can yellowfin tuna in olive oil
    Tuna

    Tuna

    tune-ah

    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

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

  • 100g cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

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

  • 250g punnet cherry tomato, halved

Method

  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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Azlanova
23rd Sep, 2016
2.55
P.S. Add a bit of lemon juice, it makes it sparkle ^-^
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Azlanova
23rd Sep, 2016
2.55
Nice. I was curious about tuna-pesto-tomato taste and it's OK. Obviously the taste of pesto covers everything else but I'm glad it didn't create something weird. Hah. So, I used cloud shaped pasta and a big, plane, peeled and chopped tomato + just a simple (free range, organic) cheese. Also I added a bit of a pasta seasoning mix and of course black pepper. It's nice.
Twinklebum99
7th Aug, 2016
Simple, tasty and satisfying. Easy to become a weekly staple. I used tuna in spring water, a combination of green and fiery chilli pesto and added spinach
smilerc
13th Apr, 2016
Great recipe and very easy. You don't need the oil from the tin of tuna though - fine without it.
janelle25
23rd Dec, 2014
5.05
Have been trying to find Tuna recipes to add to my meal list and this one is a real winner. Added onion and capsicum to ingredients and baked it in the oven as well. Very nice.
lizlemon
2nd Dec, 2014
This is the best pasta ive ate in a long time. Very simple to make and im very pleased ive found this recipe.
leigh-anne1977
15th Oct, 2014
3.8
Very simple recipe and my twin toddlers loved it! I didn't have fresh tomatoes so sieved a tin of chopped tomatoes which still worked well. This recipe makes loads so have put half in the freezer hopefully that'll work ok!
debandlola
9th Oct, 2014
5.05
I've given this five stars because for how easy it is to make, it's sooo tasty, and very easy to vary depending on what's in the cupboard, such as by adding olives, sundried tomatoes or peas.
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marmiteetponpon
14th May, 2014
Check this super delicious creamy shrimp tagliatelle recipe at marmite et ponpon http://marmiteetponpon.com/2014/05/14/when-the-craving-arises-for-a-luscious-creamy-shrimp-tagliatelle/
freshcream
16th Sep, 2013
i was wondering how to use up my red pesto, so I threw it into a pot w/ some olive oil, added salt n pepper, garlic and tuna. Then I added fresh spaghetti from Waitrose, and stirred in some cheddar. Im on a juice fast so I cant taste it, but my son is wolfing it down and saying "best pasta ever!" with nearly every bite. For something that took less than 10 min to rustle up, I'd definitely make this again. Easy, quick, and apparently tasty too (I'll make it again in a fortnight and know for sure).

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