A weeknight wonder using handy pantry staples: Annabel Karmel’s tasty tuna bake

Who doesn’t love it when they can whip up a family dinner with minimal fuss and it gets no complaints at the dinner table? You can have all that with this fantastic tuna bake recipe from Annabel Karmel – a wonderful throw it altogether oven cooked meal for nights when time is short.

Personally, I love an oven cooked meal. It’s a set and forget approach to cooking which gives you two things – time and dinner. Annabel’s tuna bake recipe means that for 15 minutes actively cooking, you can throw it in the oven for the next 25 minutes, letting you get on with helping with homework, running baths, catching up on the news, pouring a wine – whatever takes your fancy. Sounds blissful, yes?


150g fusilli pasta
25g butter
½ onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp cornflour
120ml water
400g tin of tomato soup
a pinch of mixed herbs
1 to 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
200g canned tuna, drained and flaked
salt and freshly ground black pepper

​For the Sauce

25g butter
½ onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 level tbsp plain flour
300ml milk
50g baby spinach, chopped
85g Cheddar cheese, grated, plus a little extra for the topping


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas Mark 4. Boil the pasta until al dente, then drain and refresh in cold water to stop it from over cooking.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and sauté the onion until soft. Stir the cornflour into the water until dissolved, then add to the pan along with the tomato soup.
  • Bring to the boil, add the herbs then cook gently, stirring for five minutes.
  • Mix in the flaked tuna and heat through. Season to taste.
  • For the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan and sauté the onion until transparent. Add the flour and continue stirring the mixture all the time.
  • Gradually pour in the milk and keep stirring until the sauce is thickened and smooth. Add the chopped spinach and stir until wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated cheese.
  • Grease a serving dish and add the tuna and tomato mixed with the pasta and then the spinach sauce. Sprinkle with some grated Cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until golden.

Makes six portions.

If you’re in the mood for some cold weather cooking, we’ve also recently featured a recipe for Annabel’s fabulous fish pie.

For lots more autumn inspiration, visit Annabel Karmel.

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No time to cook? Check out Annabel’s new range of nutritious, delicious snap-frozen meals for babies and toddlers. Inspired by her recipe book favourites, they are the perfect freezer filler for those busy days. Find them in the freezer aisle at Coles.

(This is a sponsored post for Annabel Karmel)

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