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Tuna Pasta Bake


  • 150g pasta
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 250ml milk
  • 65g strong cheddar, grated (incl. handful for the topping)
  • 110g drained tuna (the water could be added to the sauce)
  • 165g veg (sweetcorn, brocolli, peas, etc)
  • large handful chopped parsley

Note: the roux is essentially 50/50 flour and butter, and the quantity of milk (and other liquids) can be adjusted for thickness.


  1. For the sauce:
    • Melt the butter in a saucepan
    • Stir in the flour
    • Cook for 1 min
    • Gradually stir the milk to make a thick white sauce
    • Stir in most of the cheese, less a handful
  2. Boil the pasta for ~2 mins less - it will soften when baked
  3. Drain the pasta
  4. Mix with the white sauce, tuna, sweetcorn and parsley, then season (if using brocolli or larger veg, they may need par-boiling)
  5. Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the grated cheddar
  6. Preheat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4
  7. Bake for 15-20 mins until the cheese on top is golden and starting to brown