Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

Tuna with pasta in a lovely creamy, cheesy sauce, a quick and easy meal to put together that everyone loves. Uses ingredients that you will find in your pantry and is a hearty meal that tastes so good.

I use tinned Tuna in olive oil, you can use the one in brine, but I find that I prefer the one in oil (drained before using) as it has more flavour and a richer texture. Frozen peas are a great addition, I always have some in the freezer. You can also add some corn (tinned), not used today in this recipe as I did not have any in the pantry.

The sauce is a combination of butter, flour, cream and chicken stock. This gives a richness along with flavour to the dish. Cheese is layered on the top and just adds that beautiful golden brown topping.

The choice of pasta and cheese can be modified to personal preferences, in this recipe I have used Penne pasta and cheddar cheese.

Let’s get to the recipe


Penne Pasta – 500gms

Tuna – 750gms drained and flaked

Peas – Frozen, 1 cup

Butter – 80 gms

Thickened Cream – 1 cup

Chicken Stock – 300ml

Plain Flour – 5 tbsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Chilli flakes for heat (optional)

Cheddar cheese – enough to layer on top


1. Boil a large pan of water, add the pasta and cook till done.

2. Whilst the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour, mixing in with a whisk till all the flour is incorporated in the butter.

3. Turn the heat to medium and add the cream, using a whisk to stir. Once all the cream is incorporated, add in the stock gradually stirring with the whisk consistently.

4. Allow the sauce to thicken to a desired consistency (thick pour), add in salt and pepper according to taste.

5. Drain the pasta and it is time to assemble. If using frozen peas, I usually put them in the hot water of the pasta for a couple of minutes before draining.

6. In a oven proof tray, put the pasta, peas and tuna and mix through so it is even throughout. If adding chilli flakes, this is the time to do it. Check if the pasta has salt and add some here if needed prior to adding the sauce.

7. Pour in the sauce and mix through, layer cheese on top and place in a preheated oven at 180 deg F for 20 minutes.

8. Serve with a fresh green salad or garlic bread.


29 thoughts on “Creamy Tuna Pasta Bake

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  1. This sounds and looks so yummy! I will definitely have to try this. I have been looking for different dinner options that include either chicken or fish. So this is perfect! Have a Wonderful weekend, my friend. πŸ¦‹

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    1. I think deciding what to make is something we struggle with more than actually making something. It is so easy to make, hope you give this a try and enjoy it. Thank you my friend πŸ€—

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  2. It looks delicious, Manu. A great comfort food casserole! I like the idea of using penne pasta.
    Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ’•πŸŒΉπŸŒΊ

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    1. I replied as soon as I saw your mail. I don’t know why you didn’t get it. Anyway, I guess these things sometimes happen 🧐
      I am praying for you and your community there. May you find peace and strength in the Lord.

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      1. There were several emails I replied to around the same time and didn’t get a response back from anyone, so I wonder if we have some sort of reception problem? That happens to me with messenger too. It’s unfortunate because I’m probably looking cold and unresponsive to people. πŸ˜” Anyway, thank you for your prayers. We really need them! ❀

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  3. Manu, this is actually one of my hubby’s favorites and so easy to whip up when pressed for time. I usually use canned cream of mushroom or chicken soup. I will have to try the homemade version with the plain flour, cream and chicken broth. Yummy!

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    1. I am happy to hear you love a tuna bake. It is one of our family favourites too. I hope you give this a go and enjoy it,this homemade version is yummy. Thanks Renee 😊

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    1. Thank you sis. I enjoy making things with easy to access ingredients and especially considering how the cost of things have gone up recently. Hope you enjoy when you make it.


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