Tuna pasta bake recipe

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Tuna pasta bake is a classic family meal. Make this easy tuna, sweetcorn, and pasta bake in just 30 mins for a quick midweek dinner packed full of veggies...

Tuna pasta bake
(Image credit: Future)
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories595 Kcal30%
Sugar9.4 g10%
Fat20.1 g29%
Saturated Fat6.9 g35%
Salt1.09 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein31.7 g63%
Carbohydrates70.6 g27%
Salt1.09 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Tuna pasta bake is an affordable, family-friendly dinner, that can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Tuna pasta bake is a great storecupboard recipe. A real crowd-pleaser, creamy tuna mixed with onion, tomato, and sweetcorn and topped with a layer of bubbling Cheddar, is a comforting dinner that we love in the winter months. There are 580 calories in one portion of this tuna pasta bake. Serve with a portion of leafy green salad, or garlic bread for bigger appetites.


  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5 medium-sized mushrooms,chopped
  • 150g sweetcorn, canned or frozen
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3tbsp tomato purée
  • 300g penne pasta
  • 185g can of tuna fish in sunflower oil, drained
  • 25g pack of ready salted crisps
  • 100g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 900ml flameproof dish




  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat, then add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until softened. Stir in the sweetcorn, tomatoes and tomato purée and simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, stir the pasta into a pan of boiling salted water and cook according to pack instructions, until just tender. Drain, then put it back in the pan. Set the grill to hot.
  3. Stir the pasta into the sauce, then break the tuna into large flakes and gently mix in. Spoon into the dish. Crush the crisps in the bag and sprinkle them over the top, with the cheese.
  4. Put the dish on a baking tray and grill for about 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown. Serve hot with salad or greens.

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Top tips for making tuna pasta bake

The same quantity of cooked peas or green beans would work just as well as a substitute for sweetcorn. You could also leave the sweetcorn out. Just make sure you serve the pasta bake with chopped vegetables or a side salad to make sure the kids are getting at least one of their five-a-day.

How to store leftover tuna pasta bake

Tuna pasta bake is great for making in bulk. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two days and reheated in portions in the microwave or on low heat in the oven as a whole dish. Tuna pasta bake can be frozen too. Once cooked, leave to cool and then transfer into a freezer-safe container. You can freeze it as a whole or in portions. 

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies