Zesty tuna, sweet corn & basil pasta bake

Zesty tuna, sweet corn & basil pasta bake

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Serves: 6

Ingredients

300g curly pasta
1 large brown onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1⁄4 cup plain our
500mL milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 lemon, finely zested
1/2 cup chopped basil
Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
425g tin tuna in spring water, drained
1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Topping

1⁄2 cup (35g) fresh breadcrumbs
1⁄2 cup (20g) grated cheddar
1 tablespoon chopped basil
1 teaspoon nely grated lemon zest
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Lightly grease a large baking dish.

2. Cook pasta following pack instructions. Drain.

3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add onion and garlic, stirring to combine. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until onion is soft.

4. Add flour, stirring to combine and increase heat to medium. Slowly add milk, stirring continuously until mixture thickens and becomes smooth. Add cheese, zest, basil, salt and pepper, stirring until cheese has melted.

5. Add tuna, sweet corn, peas and drained pasta, stirring until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.

6. In a small bowl combine topping ingredients, mixing until well combined. Sprinkle topping over pasta and place baking dish in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until top is golden.

Recipes and Food Styling by Fiona Roberts.
Photography by David Sievers.
Consultant Dietitian: Julie-Anne McWhinnie – Accredited Practicing Dietitian.

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