Monday 1 June 2015

Tuna Pasta Bake

This recipe has become a recent family favourite.  Our mouths are drooling when it's cooking and leftovers are fought over.   The recipe below is very budget friendly.   Another alternative to this recipe is to combine one tin of tomatoes with one jar of the Aldi brand Remano Pasta Sauce ( chunky garden vegetable ) omitting only the sugar .  Mix well and use half the mixture in this recipe and freeze the other half for a future meal.

1 x 425 gram tin of tuna in brine or spring water.
1 x 420 gram tin of diced tomatoes
½ cup of cream
2 teaspoons of dried basil
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of onion flakes
1 teaspoon of garlic powder or dried garlic granules
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
350 grams of spiral or penne pasta
1 cup of grated cheese

Cook the pasta for 10 minutes or as directed.
While the pasta is cooking,  in a large bowl add the drained tuna,  cream,  tomatoes,  basil,  oregano,  salt,  pepper,  garlic,  onion flakes,  sugar and tomato paste.

Drain the pasta and add to the tuna mixture.  Pour into a large casserole dish and top with the grated cheese.  Bake for 45 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned.  Serve with crusty bread.

Serves 4 - 6 people and can be frozen.

Notes – grated carrot,  zucchini or finely shredded silverbeet can be added to the pasta bake before cooking.
Pasta bake ready to eat
Straight from the oven and piping hot - how Darren likes it.


  1. Oh how I adore a good Tuna Bake Wendy! Mine is more like a mornay, but this looks so comforting and yummy, that I am going to have to try it. Mimi xxx

  2. I love how there are so many different variations of Tuna Bake. Your version sounds yum Wendy, cant wait to try it!


  3. Thanks Wendy, great to have another recipe without meat, great budget savings

  4. Well that just looks awesome! I'll have to try this recipe. Kids and I love it but partner doesn't like tuna. Guess he'll just have to eat the buttered bread hehehehe
    Anne xx

  5. like the look of that and pretty cheap to make. Thanks for sharing.

  6. These are good meals Wendy, who needs take away when we have things like this. One of mine is tuna mornay or macaroni cheese. These were great fillers and yummy. I still do Tuna Mornay often.
    This looks great I will try it out. Thank you!xxx

  7. Made it last night. No cream but used some skim milk powder mixed up. Family loved it and went for seconds. A keeper. Thankyou .


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