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
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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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27th Jul, 2010
lovely!!! another hit with the kids which is surspising. adding the cherry tomatoes really made it a little more interesting too. great recipe.
27th May, 2010
Didnt really love this. It was okay but I wouldnt make this again.
12th May, 2010
Nice recipe, anyone who prefers the sour flavor can try to use 130g pesto + 60g mustard instead of 190g pesto.
26th Nov, 2009
A really nice storecupboard recipe. I used tuna in water, with an added splosh of ev olive oil, and roughly chopped big tomatoes rather than halved cherry ones, as that's what I had, and it still came out very tasty. Definitely one to remember for the future!
14th Oct, 2009
Made this for the whole family and even my son who doesn't love tuna really enjoyed it. very easy to make and the ingredients are all things you can have in the cupboard.
9th Sep, 2009
Oops forgot to rate it!!
9th Sep, 2009
Absolutely delicious! We all enjoyed this, and it's quick and easy to put together. I used red pepper pesto, drained the oil from the tuna and stirred in some cooked (frozen) spinach. I also made sure all the ingredients were hot before I put it under the grill, as, on my first attempt, it wasn't hot all the way through. A regular addition the family menu!
13th Aug, 2009
Very simple, but very tasty. Great meal to cook when you're too tired to do anything adventurous!
3rd Jul, 2009
my family just feel in love with this recipe. i made a mixture of pesto: green and red pesto. The result was just delicious!!
11th Jun, 2009
This was so easy & delicious. I love pesto so there wasn't too much for me. I would quarter the tomatoes next time.


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