Creamy tuna pasta bake

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This creamy tuna pasta bake is sure to become a family favourite that can be enjoyed by children and parents alike. Whether you want a warm meal after a long day or need quick preparation time before after school activites, this simple tuna pasta recipe is perfect for you.


  • 450g macaroni, penne, rigatoni or other short pasta
  • 480ml milk, warmed
  • 25g plain flour
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 80g mature Cheddar, grated
  • 2 x 110g tins of John West No Drain Fridge Pot Tuna Steak (in brine)
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 spring onions, chopped

To Serve:

  • Green salad

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark 4.

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for two minutes fewer than specified on the package instructions. Drain well.

Step 2

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a pan over a medium high heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring.

Step 3

Gradually stir in the milk to create a thick, smooth sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in the mustard and half of the grated Cheddar. Stir for one minute to melt.

Step 4

Stir in the pasta along with the John West No Drain Tuna Steak, cherry tomatoes and spring onions. Season to taste.

Step 5

Transfer to a baking dish and top with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese on top is golden brown and the edges are bubbling. Allow your creamy tuna pasta bake to stand for 1-2 minutes, then serve with a green salad.

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This pasta recipe serves 6 portions, but you can refrigerate or freeze leftovers.

Once you’ve put the pasta mixture in the dish, top with cheddar before baking in the oven.

Find our creamy tuna pasta bake recipe right here on the page above, with detailed steps and the ingredients you’ll need.

You can find our other classic tuna pasta bake recipe following the link to the left. 

Yes you can. Use 2 tins of John West No Drain Fridge Pot Tuna Steak (in brine) for this creamy tuna pasta recipe.