Cheesy tuna pasta is a real comfort food for me, it is both simple and quick to make!  The dish is creamy, filling and homely, which is perfect for any student feeling home sick with the semester nearly over.  There are no culinary skills required, just some easy stirring and boiling making it super easy to master. 

I love to mix in some tuna with this to add something a little more tasty but if you don’t like fish, you can easily leave it out or add another type of meat like chicken. One portion requires half a can of tuna– you can store the other half in the fridge for a day or two if you wrap some foil or cling film over the top of the can.  You can use almost any cheese in this recipe, although mozzarella doesn’t work very well from my experience.  If you’re unsure, cheddar is always a safe bet. And who doesn’t like cheddar?

Time required: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 75g of your preferred pasta shape
  • ½ can tuna, drained
  • 80g grated cheese (about one generous handful)
  • 100ml milk (if you don’t have a measuring jug, this a little less than half a mug)
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of flour or corn starch (if you don’t want to buy a whole bag you can leave this out, but the texture of the sauce will not be as good)
  • salt
  • pepper

Method:

  1. Boil the pasta in salted water, and drain it. If your peas are frozen, boil them with the pasta for the last minute of cooking. Do not rinse it.
  2. Meanwhile, take a small splash of the milk in a bowl and whisk the flour/corn starch into it. Pour the rest of the milk, along with the butter, into a saucepan on a low heat and bring it to a very gentle simmer (don’t let it boil!)
  3. Pour the flour/corn starch and milk mixture into the saucepan and stir it in gently. Let it simmer for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, this will take the raw flour taste away and thicken it a little.
  4. Turn the heat as low as it can go and stir in the cheese until it melts. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste it and add more cheese or seasoning if needed.
  5. Add the pasta, tuna and peas into the sauce and mix thoroughly.  Cook it on low for a minute or two to heat through, stirring constantly.