Tuna Pasta Bake Recipe – An Easy Midweek Meal
This tuna pasta bake is one of my favourite go-to meals when I don’t want to have to think too hard about cooking. Midweek meals are often a stumbling block when you’re trying to eat conservatively. You get home from work, you’re tired and hungry and cooking is not high on the agenda. It’s easier to order in or grab something pre-made from the supermarket. Having easy and adaptable recipes in your cooking repertoire is a great way to get around this.
For example, this versatile tuna pasta bake is something you can whip up quickly without even thinking about it. Change up the vegetables, pasta, herbs and cheese, and constantly create something new and evolving so you don’t get bored.
Plus, pasta bake is one of those ‘better the next day’ kind of meals to be enjoyed cold with a dollop of relish or chutney.
Serves: 2 with leftovers, 4 without
Prep time: 30 minutes max
2 cups pasta – I use wholemeal fusilli
3 tbsp plain flour – I use wholemeal again
Olive oil for frying
185g tin tuna
1 small green capsicum
1 medium onion
2 inches parsley stalks
2 celery sticks
2 large garlic cloves
100g grated cheddar cheese (substitute for any strong hard cheese)
salt and pepper
First cook the pasta in boiling salted water.
In a large oven proof frying pan heat a glug of olive oil and fry off the diced capsicum, celery and onion over a medium heat until translucent. Next, add in the finely chopped garlic and sautee for 2 minutes until fragrant.
Pour in a 1 tbsp of olive oil before sprinkling over the flour and cooking for 2 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and begin adding the milk slowly and in stages (about 50ml at a time). Each time you add the milk the mixture will thicken until you have added all the milk and there is a thick white sauce coating the vegetables.
Finally add in the tuna and parsley stalks, season with salt and pepper, and stir well. Your pasta should be cooked by this point. Drain it and add to the tuna mixture. Stir well until it’s well coated in the sauce before sprinkling over the grated cheese and placing under a hot grill until the cheese is melted and golden.
Soft fresh herbs like basil or tarragon.
Wilted greens such as spinach or silverbeet for an extra veg hit. tuna pasta bake
This is a complete meal on its own, but you might like a serve of steamed vegetables on the side. Try broccoli or asparagus.
Keep it filthy and have a slice of toasted garlic bread. tuna pasta bake