Monday, July 12, 2010

Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake Recipe

This delicious dish is perfect for a mid-week meal for the family and is budget conscious too.  Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake is also a great side dish and makes an ideal addition at party's and bbq's.  Served hot is best but also quite nice cold.  A great recipe for tweaking to personal tastes.  Tuna is an excellent source of  protein  as well as omega-3 and cheese is a great way to get some calcium in your diet.  Watching the waistline?  Low fat options will still taste amazing.  Don't forget to make extra because this is so more-ish.
Image: Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake by S. Hensley Copyrite Orsons Retro
Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake
Serves 4

1 425g can tuna
1 420g can peas and corn mixed
1 large brown onion, chopped fine
3 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine
100g Colby cheese
500ml milk
50g butter
1 cup pasta shells
1 tablespoon olive oil
50g flour
1 tablespoon seeded mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1
Saute' onion in hot oil on low heat.  Once translucent set aside and cool.

Step 2
Cook pasta shells as per packs requirements.

Step 3
Drain tuna and drain the peas and corn.  In a large mixing bowl add the tuna and the peas and corn along with the onion, parsley and cooked pasta shells.  Mix well.  Pre-heat oven to 180 degree's c.

Step 4
To make rue - Add 50g butter to medium heat pan.  Once melted add flour and mix into a doughy paste.  If still wet add more flour.  Add milk in small parts constantly stirring.  Add most of the cheese saving enough to cover the casserole dish later and mustard to the mix.  Melt into the mix.  Remove.  Add to the mixing bowl with the pasta etc and combine well.  Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5
Add to a casserole dish.  Place cheese on top covering.  Add to oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes and remove when cheese is golden and contents cooked through.  Serve with a sprig of parsley.
Hints: This dish is great to prepare earlier and freezes well.  Easy to re-heat.  There are many flavored canned tuna's available so why not try one out and mix up this recipe a little.  Great to take to work for lunch.

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