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Easy Tuna Bake

Quick and healthy, super tasty tuna bake

 Easy Tuna Bake


A tuna bake that is super tasty and not boring? This is it! It has a rich tomato based sauce that is lifted by the lemon and fresh herbs. A smooth cheesy flavor with the crunch of croutons on top make this dish difficult to stop at one serve. This recipe is part of a weekly collection called Fresh and Fast Friday. Recipes on Friday take 30 minutes or less to make. Add yours if you have one that is also fresh and fast.

  • Serves: 4 adults
  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • Packet of pasta 500 grams
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves – finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
  • 2  x 400 gram tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 sprigs of fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup of chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tin of 425 grams tuna (in Springwater -drained)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • handful of fresh spinach leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup of freshly shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of tasty cheese grated
  • (optional) the ends of a loaf of crusty bread cut into cubes


  1. Set a pot of water to boil and add the pasta to cook according to instructions
  2. Remove the cooked pasta from the heat, drain and add to a large baking dish
  3. To a pan add the olive oil and garlic and stir until fragrant
  4. Add the fresh thyme and then the tinned tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes and salt and pepper and parsley to season
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Set the oven to warm to 200 degrees (fan forced)n with the top element on
  7. Add the tuna, the lemon zest and chopped spinach leaves and stir to warm
  8. Add the sauce to cover the top of the pasta
  9. Sprinkle on the parmesan, the cheese and the bread cubes
  10. Jiggle the baking dish to allow the sauce to distribute through the pasta
  11. Cook for 15 minutes until the cheese melts and crisps

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Have a great weekend. Tell me do you make Tuna Bake for your family? What is your tip for a tasty bake?




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  • Lizzy (Good Things) July 13, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Krystie, this looks and sounds absolutely delicious.

  • Sam Lewers July 13, 2012, 4:09 pm

    My family adore pasta bakes of any kind, in fact we’re having one tonight 🙂 Been a while since we’ve had a tuna one though, so must add this one to the menu plan to try. The most important thing for a tasty bake is to make sure there is a good sauce to pasta ratio so it’s not too wet or dry. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Liz July 14, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Looks terrific – I love pasta bake but trying to eat more veg rather than pasta so trying to change my bake around a bit 🙂

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