Tuna balls with pea & sweetcorn pasta

Tuna balls with pea & sweetcorn pasta

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(15 ratings)

Ready in 30-40 minutes


Enough for 4 child portions
If your children like fish fingers, they'll love these - and you can freeze the tuna balls too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze the tuna balls only


  • kcal517
  • fat26g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.78g
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    For the tuna balls

    • 200g can tuna in oil



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

    • 85g fresh breadcrumbs
    • 50g cheddar, finely grated



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

    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
    • 2 tbsp sunflower or olive oil, for frying
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    • tomato ketchup, to serve

    For the pasta

    • 100g small pasta shapes



      Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

    • a handful of frozen peas
    • half a 418g can creamed-style corn


    1. To make the tuna balls, tip the tuna and its oil into a large bowl and stir in the breadcrumbs and grated cheese. Add the beaten egg and chives, then season with a pinch of salt and stir again until everything is well mixed.

    2. Form into 12 balls the size of ping-pong balls, then chill until you’re ready to cook.

    3. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions, dropping in the peas for the last couple of minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the balls for 8-10 minutes, turning often, until they’re golden brown. Drain them on kitchen paper and keep warm.

    4. Drain the pasta, return to the pan and add the corn. Heat gently for a minute, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Serve with ketchup.

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    17th Nov, 2017
    I found this recipe whilst idly flicking through for inspiration for dinner. As I had more or less the right ingredients in l gave it a go, not expecting it to be that nice! As I was only cooking for two of us i halved the recipe but used a whole large egg as panko crumbs absorbed quite a lot. I only had 120g tin of tuna without oil. Took only 5mins to prepare. Served with pasta and a Mediterranean tomato sauce. Absolutely yummy. Wish I’d made the whole amount! Husband said make often.
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    7th Aug, 2016
    I used tuna in brine, so was happy to use oil in the pan. Loved the flavour of these and they were very quick and easy. Grown apps had these with salad while kids had cucumber sticks on the side
    16th Apr, 2015
    Nobody is a huge tuna fan in this house but made these in an attempt to get some oily fish into the kids. They went down surprisingly well. My husband liked them too. I didn't make the pasta just made a lemon cream sauce for some penne instead. They would go equally well in a tomato based sauce.
    16th Nov, 2013
    Love this recipe... I was a bit skeptical but it was really easy and me and hubby cleared our plates! I didn't use oil in the pan, as earlier hints had said it really wasn't necessary. I whole heartedly agree, as long as you move them regularly in the pan you can get away with it due to the oil in the recipe, I think cooking them in oil would make them overly greasy. I let them settle for a few seconds on some kitchen paper before serving to get rid of any excess oil too!
    14th Feb, 2013
    Clean plates and happy 3 year old twins - need I say more! Very easy to make, not sure you need to fry the balls in oil as fine in a good non-stick pan without it.
    25th Nov, 2012
    Had the tuna balls with spaghetti and tomato sauce. I'd use less oil in the frying pan next time as there's oil in the tuna already. Didn't add the chives but still v tasty. We made double and the leftovers were nice the next day.
    11th Nov, 2012
    Much better recipe than the last attempt i made at tuna patties, as the cheese stops it drying out too much. Really pleased with the result this time, although i used mature cheese which made it taste extra salty.
    26th Oct, 2012
    These went down a treat and vey easy to make. My three year old hates tuna and even he will eat them
    1st Aug, 2012
    Brilliant. I made them with a 185g can of tuna in brine, panko breadcrumbs and no chives. No chance of any getting frozen tho as between my daughter's dinner portion and myself and husband snacking on them they went in one sitting. My 2 yr old has renamed them yummy balls.
    4th Apr, 2012
    My daughter loved these and she is quite a fussy eater. Only had 160g of tuna but still worked ok...didn't add the chives.


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