Pieday Friday Recipe – Tuna Napolitana

This tuna napolitana pasta recipe is tasty, filling  and quick to make. And it comes with the added bonus that it includes healthy tuna fish and a nice helping of veg (that the kids won’t notice!) so it’s an ideal weeknight pasta bake that can be pre-prepared, and then popped in the oven when you’re ready for it.

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Serves approx 6: 500g packet of pasta (I chose penne, which is the cheapest in my local supermarket at 39p!), 1 tin of tuna chunks in spring water, 1 tin chopped tomatoes, 1 large onion (red or white), 2 fresh tomatoes, 2 tsp garlic paste, 3 tbsp tomato puree, 2 tsp mixed herbs, 2 tbsp flour, 3/4 pint milk, 50g cheese, 2 knob of butter, splash of oil.

  • Cook up a pack of pasta according to packet instructions and in the meantime, you can get on with preparing the sauce.
  • Finely chop the onions and fry in the oil until the softened.
  • In a larger pan, melt the butter then add the flour and stir before adding the milk a bit at a time so that the sauce thickens.
  • When all the milk is combined, add the garlic paste, tomato puree and herbs and stir through before adding the tin of tuna, cooked onions and tin of chopped tomatoes.
  • Add in the cooked pasta and stir to combine before adding to an oven-proof dish and arranging sliced tomatoes on top with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese
  • Bake in the oven until tomatoes have softened, cheese is melted and looks golden brown on top


I hope you give this recipe a go, and let me know how you get on 🙂


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12 thoughts on “Pieday Friday Recipe – Tuna Napolitana

  1. Ooh I’m not sure – I guess it depends on the pack of mixed herbs you have in your cupboards! My pot of supermarket own-brand dried mixed herbs contains thyme, parsley, oregano, sage and basil 🙂

  2. I usually use a packet mix for this recipe but after getting home and realising I had everything except the packet, a quick Google search brought up this recipe. Easy to follow and delicious and won’t be buying packets any more

  3. Ah that’s great news, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks very much for letting me know, I’m delighted! 😀

  4. I always get paid out for making a boring pasta, so last night after finding a can of Tuna at the farm, I thought let’s try something new. Your meal was a pleasure to make and won me – the books of the family a big tick. The kids and my wife loved the meal. It made two large casserole dishes and the kids want it for lunch today. Thanks again from Anglesea in Australia ;). PS I will make this many more times

  5. I’m so pleased you tried out the recipe & enjoyed it! I’ve not eaten it for a while, I think I might have it for dinner this weekend 😀

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