Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake ticks so many boxes … don’t you think?

Whether it’s a busy weeknight and you need dinner on the table in a half hour, you’re wanting to get the kids to start helping with cooking dinner or you need a really easy and yet substantial side dish when you’re feeding a crowd, a big Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake is always a winner.

We love that this recipe is literally a ‘throw everything together’ recipe.  Then while it’s bubbling away in the oven, you can sort something else out (or have a wine)!

We adore Sirena Tuna in Olive Oil for this recipe – we use the large tin but you could get away with the smaller tin if you wanted to save a few dollars (or your family don’t like to double down on tuna).

So … hands up who needs a fresh take on their Pasta Bakes! This one is sure to please.

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1 packet Pasta Shells, cooked until just al dente
  • 400g Tin Tuna (any brand is fine but Sirena Tuna in Oil is our favourite for this recipe)
  • 2 cups Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 1 small Brown Onion, finely diced
  • 600ml Thickened Cream
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Finely ground pepper
  • 2 tsp Cornflour
  • 2 cups Mozarella Cheese, shredded or grated


  1. Combine the onion, cream, mustard, salt, pepper and cornflour in the bottom of a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly to distribute ingredients and remove any lumps of cornflour.
  2. Add the pasta shells, the tuna (drain about half the oil away) and the baby spinach and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour the mix into a large ovenproof baking dish and then sprinkle with the mozarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until everything is hot through and the cheese is beautifully melted.

Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake at the top of your list because everyone loves tuna?

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  • Can’t go wrong with the cheese. We made this over the weekend and it was fantastic!! We added some extra veg for colour and used tuna in spring water and I can confirm it was a hit


  • Oh this looks super yummy and tasty ????


  • Yummy…looks and sounds good-i like the idea of baby spinach ( i will probable add little baby tomato cut in half to it)


  • Yum. I love the addition of mustard.


  • Yum this looks like my ideal easy dinner! And I love sneaking veggies in to dishes like this, kids get so distracted by the cheese!


  • Looks good and Sirena tuna is a favourite of mine too. I would completely sub out the cream though, I don’t think it’s necessary! Apart from that Yum!


  • If you wish to hide the spinach cut it very small. I would use some milk, not thickened cream There is enough fat from the cheese and olive oil


  • We laugh cheesy tuna pasta bake in our house. This is a different take on the recipe I work from and one I’d love to try. I use tuna, can creamy mushroom soup, cheese … I’m going to try this version – I have all the ingredients in the pantry/fridge.


  • Tuna isn’t much appreciated at our house, so happy to pass this one on.


  • Thanks for the recipe but it’s awfully hard to make this for just two people. And it’s not nice warmed up the next day.


  • Love tuna bakes. Might try halving the recipe given I’m the only one in my household who eats tuna :(


  • My fam love Tuna Pasta bakes! I make it with heaps of extra veggies to make it a bit more healthy :)


  • I would love to try this but not sure about thickened cream, is that good for us?


  • These quick dishes are a life-saver during the week!


  • My daughter loves anything with Tuna in it so I will definitely be trying this recipe. Looks yummy and easy to make too.


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