Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

Cheesy tuna pesto pasta

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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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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)
7th Feb, 2011
A fast and easy tea time or supper recipe.. One i will be doing again!
7th Feb, 2011
A fast and easy tea time or supper recipe.. One i will be doing again!
14th Jan, 2011
Went down well, used sweetcorn instead of tomatoes. A good quick meal. Will make again.
5th Jan, 2011
Lovely and easy to make but halving the tomatoes left them a bit too large for the dish so I think quartering them is probably best. Would definitely make again though.
28th Dec, 2010
done this a couple of times and everyone loves it. Last time I didn't have cherry tomatoes so used a tin of chopped tomates (Drained) It was actually much nicer with a much more tomatoey flavour. Also prefer it with half pest & half mayo as suggested by another cook.
28th Dec, 2010
Mid-week family favourite - used different pesto, peppers etc and still great...
12th Nov, 2010
Thoroughly enjoyed this. The kids like pasta, so I am constantly looking for new recipes. I didn't fancy adding all of the oil from the tuna, and like a previous poster, opted for red pesto. To make a bit more liquid I mixed 1 tbsp red pesto, 1 tbps mayo and about 150ml milk, and it owrked very well
6th Oct, 2010
Amazing recipe, really tasty. Recommend it to anyone!!! :)


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