Tuna pasta bake in an oval baking dish with portion out

Tuna pasta bake

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(187 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6

Whip up this cheap treat using storecupboard ingredients, tinned tuna and sweetcorn

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal752
  • fat26g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs99g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre4g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.43g
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  • 600g rigatoni
  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 250g strong cheddar, grated



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

  • 2 x 160g cans tuna steak in spring water, drained
  • 330g can sweetcorn, drained


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • large handful chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  2. Boil 600g rigatoni for 2 mins less time than stated on the pack.

  3. To make the sauce, melt 50g butter in a saucepan and stir in 50g plain flour.

  4. Cook for 1 min, then gradually stir in 600ml milk to make a thick white sauce.

  5. Remove from the heat and stir in all but a handful of the 250g grated cheddar.

  6. Drain the pasta, mix with the white sauce, two 160g drained cans tuna, one 330g drained can sweetcorn and a large handful of chopped parsley, then season.

  7. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheddar.

  8. Bake for 15-20 mins until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown.

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12th Sep, 2013
Hi, I think adding peppers in the pasta is a mighty fine idea. And this might sound like a really dumb questions, but I just wanted to know at what time do you add the peppers?
25th May, 2013
Great for a quick dinner, I often throw in a bit of ham, peas, peppers, whatever instead of tuna. As we are a small family, I make 2 and freeze one, great to pull out of the freezer for a quick midweek dinner.
4th Apr, 2013
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9th Feb, 2013
great recipe! made the white sauce and tuna mix and then stuffed into and poured over cannelloni - perfect for a cold winters evening!
1st Dec, 2012
I make this quite often. Really easy to make and always goes down well - the second time I made it, I had no sweetcorn (or peas!) so added onion and it was just as lovely. I always add a little more cheese though!
28th Nov, 2012
My wife does'nt like tuna or sweetcorn so i've used mushrooms and leak's instead.
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8th Oct, 2012
This was delicious! I didn't have tinned sweetcorn so I boiled some frozen mixed veg right in with the pasta (shells). I also fried up a little bacon and half a tin of mushrooms and added these to the mix (I halved the recipe). I have a heavy hand with black pepper because I love it, and I felt it added a nice flavour to the dish. Put breadcrumbs and a little parmesan on top, it was stunning!
6th Oct, 2012
So after a heavy Friday night out, I was confined to my pajamas and my sofa. There was no way I was leaving the house to find food so it was this or nothing. I'm a pretty good cook, I wouldn't normally make stuff like this and looking at the ingredients list I new it would need extra stuff - I added sauted onions and baby leeks, peas and spinach as well as garlic, chilli and a lot of salt and pepper. I also used parmesan as well as regular cheese. This recipe would be very bland made as is, you need to think about how to brighten it up. otherwise it is just a bit starchy and blah.
25th Sep, 2012
Would make again, but with 300ml milk and 250g of cream cheese as we found the sauce a bit runny and flavourless.
12th Sep, 2012
Super easy and cheap supper. Ideally enough for more than one meal but realistically there's a clean dish after one sitting.


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