Tuna and potato layer recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 365 kCal 18%
Fat 9g 13%
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  • With a few stock-cupboard ingredients, this cheap and simple tuna recipe makes a delicious warming supper which the whole family will love.

    A tuna and potato layer is one of those fantastic recipes that you can make as fancy or as simple as you like. So whether you’re a parent looking to spice up a Wednesday evening dinner with a different take on a classic tuna pasta bake or a student looking to save the pennies, this is a great recipe for all kinds of cooking styles and abilities.

    Using tinned sweetcorn and tuna from your cupboard means that you’ll probably always have the ingredients for this tasty and nutritious recipe.

    Serve this tuna and potato layer in either a large dish and get everyone to dive in, or if you’re looking to make it for friends over dinner, why not get some smaller oven-proof ceramic dishes and serve it up in those? It’s a basic dish that can be customised to suit every occasion.


    • 500g (1lb 2oz) new or salad potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced
    • 1 packet savoury white sauce mix
    • 300ml (10½ fl oz) milk
    • 2 x 200g tins tuna in brine, drained
    • 195g tin sweetcorn, drained and rinsed
    • 1tbsp freshly chopped parsley
    • 75g (3oz) Cheddar cheese, grated


    • Place the new potatoes in a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Cover and simmer for 10 mins or until tender. Drain and allow to cool slightly.

    • Meanwhile, make the sauce with the milk according to pack instructions. Stir in the tuna, sweetcorn and parsley and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until piping hot.

    • Place half the potatoes on the base of a heatproof serving dish. Pour over the tuna mixture. Place the remaining potatoes on top.

    • Sprinkle over the cheese and place under a preheated grill for 2-3 mins or until golden brown. Serve with a green salad.


    Top tip for making Tuna and potato layer

    If you're concerned about the marine environment, many supermarkets now stock pole-and-line tuna, which is caught in a way that doesn't kill other species

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