Cheesy and creamy, the classic tuna mornay pasta bake is always going to be a family favourite. It’s also quick and easy to make!
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Preheat oven to 200°C.
Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente, adding the peas and broccoli for the last 2 mins of cooking. Drain well.
Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until onion softens. Add the capsicum and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 mins or until tender. Season. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the tuna, cheese sauce and pasta and stir until just combined.
Spoon mixture into a 12-cup (3L) baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan and cover loosely with greased foil. Bake for 10 mins, uncover, and bake a further 5 mins or until cheese melts. Serve with mixed salad leaves.
COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage: If you want your leftover cut celery stalks to last up to 2 weeks, add them to an airtight container filled with water. Change the water every two days.
If you’ve got cans of tuna in the cupboard, this tuna mornay recipe is for you. All you need are some veggies, onion, garlic, pasta and creamy cheese sauce, and in about 30 minutes you’ll have dinner on the table ready to eat. Tuna mornay is an Australian classic because it is such a convenient weeknight meal to cook, is budget-friendly, and most of all is delicious and crowd-pleasing. You can make it for potlucks, meal prep lunches or gift to friends and family who need some extra care and support.
Here are some tips for how to make tuna mornay:
To store your tuna mornay, cool it down first, then place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To freeze, cool it down, then freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Serve tuna mornay with sauteed leafy greens like spinach or silverbeet, or a fresh salad of tomatoes, spinach and rocket or your favourite salad leaves. You can also serve it with garlic bread or crusty bread with olive oil.
This is the best tuna mornay recipe for when you need a tasty family dinner you can whip up quickly. Keen to learn other pasta bake recipes? Check out these ones for chicken and mushroom pasta bake, Jen Hanlon’s honey mustard and bacon pasta bake and meatball pasta bake.