Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Tuna Pasta Bake

I love Tuna Pasta Bake, it's easy to do, it's fun to do, you can get so many ingredients involved and your kids will love EVERY part of this. It's also a great way to get them familiar with, and eating vegetables!

Serves 4
15 mins prep time 45 minutes cooking time
300g Tuna Steak
200g Pasta (Fusilli Twirls or Farfalle Bows are perfect)
1 chopped red onion (The finer the better!)
150g drained sweetcorn
A 500g Jar of Tuna Pasta Bake sauce
50g grated mature cheese
Cayenne Pepper

Preheat your oven to 200c and get a nice oven proof dish out. Pour all the pasta bake sauce in, put a little water into the jar, seal this, shake it, and pour the rest in too! There's always some left in there and it's a waste! Drain all of your tuna steak and sweetcorn off and pour these into the mix too. Finely chop a whole red onion too. You want this quite fine, but still big enough chunks to notice that it's there! A tip with cutting onions too, cut it always with the flesh side OUT. You cry because the vapours from the onions react with the water in your eyes, your brain thinks you have acid in your eyes, and you make tears. Cutting them with their inner side down releases all of the vapour onto the board!

Once the onion is in, pour 200g dried pasta in too. Not cooked pasta, otherwise will just be like mush when you eat it! Mix this all together, level out and pop in your oven for 25 minutes. Make yourself a cuppa and watch Wimbledon :)
NOTE: No sweetcorn in mine, I'm with a fussy eater tonight ;p

Above is: Pre First Bake, Post First Bake and Pre Second Bake.

When this time is up, stir everything again (don't worry if some of the pasta is blackened, it just adds character!), and give a little, light sprinkling all over of Cayenne Pepper. This orange delight goes AMAZINGLY with any fish or egg dishes you may have, it's a little more fiery than regular pepper, but a nice back of your tongue heat! Then sprinkle your cheese all over the top. If you want more, add more! If you're on a bit of a summer health binge like me, use a little less! Another great tip for kids is to add a slightly crunched bag of crisps below the cheese, this adds a little cover for any "nasty" veggies, and who wouldn't love a dinner WITH crisps involved? Bake again for another 20 minutes until a dark, golden brown and serve to excited eyes and hungry tummies!

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