Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake ticks so many boxes … don’t you think?

Whether it’s a busy weeknight and you need dinner on the table in a half hour, you’re wanting to get the kids to start helping with cooking dinner or you need a really easy and yet substantial side dish when you’re feeding a crowd, a big Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake is always a winner.

We love that this recipe is literally a ‘throw everything together’ recipe.  Then while it’s bubbling away in the oven, you can sort something else out (or have a wine)!

We adore Sirena Tuna in Olive Oil for this recipe – we use the large tin but you could get away with the smaller tin if you wanted to save a few dollars (or your family don’t like to double down on tuna).

So … hands up who needs a fresh take on their Pasta Bakes! This one is sure to please.


Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1 packet Pasta Shells, cooked until just al dente
  • 400g Tin Tuna (any brand is fine but Sirena Tuna in Oil is our favourite for this recipe)
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1 small Brown Onion, finely diced
  • 600ml Thickened Cream
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Finely ground pepper
  • 2 tsp Cornflour
  • 2 cups Mozarella Cheese, shredded or grated

Method

  1. Combine the onion, cream, mustard, salt, pepper and cornflour in the bottom of a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly to distribute ingredients and remove any lumps of cornflour.
  2. Add the pasta shells, the tuna (drain about half the oil away) and the baby spinach and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour the mix into a large ovenproof baking dish and then sprinkle with the mozarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until everything is hot through and the cheese is beautifully melted.

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  • I love how rustic this looks, especially with the spinach leaves left whole… such a great dish for entertaining!

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  • Simple but very tasty! The mustard in the sauce adds a bit of zing!

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  • My mum used to cook Tuna bake when we were younger and I completely forgot about how simple it is!!! Delicious.

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  • Hmm looks simple but delicious

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  • The family loved this, having to serve with a big salad to feed this lot. Need to make two next time.

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  • This looks delicious. Definitely going to try it with my kids.

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  • This just wins everytime. One of my go to recipes for an easy fuss free dinner

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  • I love how super tasty this looks!

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  • Yumm, this is so delicious and easy too.

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  • This is such a great and simple dish to make for a busy time person.

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  • If you need to cut costs use a cheaper brand. I prefer to use the Tuna in Still Water as none of us really like oil in it.
    On one occasion when we had a family from interstate visit unexpectedly we cheated and made it as a mornay, I left out some of the ingredients and cooked it in a non stick saucepan, served it and put the cheese on top immediately. The heat of the mornay melted the cheese immediately.
    A friend of ours adds crushed pineapple and it is very tasty. It neutralises the sharpness the spices a bit.

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  • This sounds great! I think I will give this a try instead of using my regular recipe. Love the idea of adding baby spinach too! Yummo!

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  • Yum, looks divine. Leftovers would easily go into a lunch box or even reheat for dinner the following night

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  • I’m definitely cooking this beautiful quick easy meal on the weekend,the recipe looks just like my cooking talents. Thank you.

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  • The Dijon mustard in this is DELISH! What a great recipe for the whole family!

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