Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

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(64 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


  • 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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Carol Haigh's picture
Carol Haigh
12th May, 2020
Really taste simple and very quick dish
31st Dec, 2019
Should have trusted my instincts as I’m really not sure that pesto and tuna should be eaten together - won’t be making this one again!
4th Jun, 2019
very good. made without the oil from the tuna. it wasn't needed. plus added a lot more cheese
20th May, 2019
Delicious. I used home made red pesto with chilli. Stirred in some rocket and put tomatoes on top. I did half and half cheddar and parmesan cheese. I assemble it earlier and baked it for about 20 minutes at 180 fan. Definitely do again.
Quality Street 35
21st Jan, 2018
So quick and easy to make and very tasty. Definitely an ideal mid-week family meal. I've tried various flavours of pesto and all went well.
Azlanova's picture
23rd Sep, 2016
P.S. Add a bit of lemon juice, it makes it sparkle ^-^
Azlanova's picture
23rd Sep, 2016
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.
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
13th Apr, 2016
Great recipe and very easy. You don't need the oil from the tin of tuna though - fine without it.
23rd Dec, 2014
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.


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