Recipe | Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

Tuna pasta bake

Pasta bake (pasta in general), has to be one of my favourite foods. It’s hearty, warming and is the perfect comfort food. This weekend, nursing a sore head after a rather fun wedding, we decided to rustle up a pasta bake for dinner. We normally opt for a tomato based bake, but as it’s summer and was a super hot day, we tried something new. This recipe is for a creamy tuna pasta bake, with summer vegetables and a light mozzarella and cheddar cheese sauce. Delicious!

Ingredients: (serves 6)

  • 300g penne/fusilli pasta
  • 500g broccoli, cut into florets
  • 200g asparagus tips, each cut into 3
  • 1 large handful cherry tomatoes
  • 50g petit pois
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 75g plain flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 brown onions, diced
  • 600ml skimmed milk
  • 3x 200g tuna in spring water cans, drained and flaked
  • 200g mozzarella
  • 200g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • Small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
  3. In a separate pan add a little water, bring to the boil, place a colander on top and steam the broccoli, asparagus, peas and cherry tomatoes for 3-4 minutes, with the lid of the pan covering them.
  4. Meanwhile melt the butter in a third pan, on a medium heat. Add the flour, garlic and onions and stir the mixture until it thickens. Remove from the heat and gently whisk in the milk. Return to the heat, add 2/3 of the grated cheddar and stir for a further 5 minutes until the sauce thickens again.
  5. Remove the vegetables and creamy sauce from the heat, and drain the pasta.
  6. Mix the vegetables, sauce and tuna with the pasta. Stir through the chopped parsley, reserving some for a garnish later.
  7. Spoon the mixture into a large roasting dish, tear the mozzarella over top, and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar.
  8. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the top begins to crisp. (Leave it for longer if you like your pasta bake super crispy!)
  9. Serve with a sprinkling of parsley and a side salad.

Tuna pasta bake recipe

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