Easy Tuna Pasta Bake | KerryAnn Dunlop
Hi FoodTube! Kerryann here. I’m going to show you a family favourite from my house, its the tuna pasta bake. Its delicious, its affordable, but most importantly its really, really easy. In this dish we’ve got a great number of ingredients, not loads! We’ve got some tinned tomatoes which are really, really rich. We’ve got some great tuna which is good for you with all of those meat frees, and then you’ve got the pasta holding it all together. But the best part of all, is the crispy crunchy bits of cheese on the top. Don’t worry if you’ve never cooked before, or this is one of your first experiences its not going to be difficult, I’m going to be with you every step of the way and we’re going to have a great time. So, let’s get started! I’ve pre-heated my oven that is currently at 200 degrees, 400 degrees fahrenheit or gas mark 6. I’ve got a nice big pan of boiling water with a little bit of salt added, and now we’re going to start on our tomato sauce. So first I need a nice sized onion, so I’m going to cut it in half that way so we’re still keeping the root. Have a look at this now my friends, this is why we keep the root on it has sliced all of the onion but that little bit of root, is holding it all together for us. So that is going to make it nice and easy for us to chop it finer. I’m going to put this pan on a medium to high heat because we want to fry off these onions with some garlic. Two nice fat cloves, and I’m just going to roughly roughly chop this, nothing extravagant. Now in this pan I’m going to add about a couple of table spoons of olive oil, and into that straight the way I’m going to put my onions and my garlic. Now into these I’m going to add a nice pinch of dried chili flakes. If you don’t like spice you can leave it out it’s not a must, but it is for me because I love it, and we just want to fry these until they are really soft and sweet. Now I’m going to add three tins of chopped tomatoes like that… and one more. Mix it all together, it looks great already. Do you see how easy this is so far? That is probably about as difficult as its going to get. Now to this I want to add a nice handful of fresh basil leaves, if i haven’t got fresh basil what I’ll usually do is just chuck in a good tablespoon of dried oregano, or dried basil. I want to bring it to the boil and then I want it to simmer for about twenty minutes. Right so the sauce is simmering away, now in here I have got lots of salted boiling water and to that I’m going to add my pasta. I’ve got 500 grams of penne only because that is what I’ve got in my cupboard at the moment. Penne is probably the most regularly available pasta so in we go, with the 500 grams of pasta. We don’t want to leave none behind, that could be someones seconds! Right and we’ll give that a nice little stir… you don’t want to cook it all the way through because its going to go in the sauce, and in the oven again. So I’m goin to take that out just before its done. This sauce has been simmering now for about twenty minutes so now we want to add some tuna, I’ve got two tins of tuna, get the tuna that you like the best whatever is the best quality that you can afford, and then the other one. You want to make sure its evenly spread out through the sauce, so a little bit of salt and a nice generous pinch of pepper. Right so this pasta has been boiling for about 8 minutes, I’m going to drain it now and then straight into the sauce. Right now we just want to coat this pasta really, really well with all of this lovely lovely sauce that we put so much love into. Now we’re going to try and swir this into an oven safe dish, so in we go with all of this. Look at the colours… I’ve got 150 grams of a good cheddar, if you want you can use parmesan you can use mozzarella, I’m just going to quickly grate that. What I’m going to do now- look how difficult this is guys, the kids could even do this! Just because I’m feeling in a bit of a fancy mood, I’m going to put a nice couple of small baby basil leaves on top. Just because it is made out of store cupboard ingredients, and its a really really simple dish, doesn’t mean it can’t look nice. I might even put a little pinch of black pepper on top as well, add another little tiny drizzle of olive oil on the top. Now I’m going to whack this in the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes and I cant wait to see how its going to turn out! So my pasta has been in the oven for about 20 minutes, I’m going to get it out now Oh yes, thats what I’m talking about. Look at that! Would you ever believe that that was made with a few ingredients out of your store cupboard. Look its all crispy and crunchy around the edges its all oo-ey and goo-ey in the middle… I need to dish some up. Oh look at that! Its not mushy but just lovely. Its really, really rich yet meaty from the tuna and then you’ve got the cheese that adds a little bit of salt. For more other great recipes like this head over to family Food Tube as well, Hi guys! Welcome to Family Food Tube. Yes if you’re a parent this channel is just for you. You asked for it, now you’ve got it! This is the place where no matter what age of kid that you’ve got whether they are 8 or 9 years old, or toddlers, or even weening, we’ve got something for you guys. Good luck, take care, and enjoy Family Food Tube! And don’t forget I also have my own channel so if you like what I do, head on over there give me a thumbs up and a little bit of a subscribe because it is free after all. But most importantly my friends, enjoy yourselves, have fun, and happy cooking!