A healthy creamy Tuna Mornay Pasta Bake without milk or cream! Instead Cream of Mushroom Soup is used to create the creamy flavour for mornay sauce. Cooked pasta is then added with a light sprinkling of grated cheese on top. Comfort food made from pantry staples.
This is a really easy dish to make and you probably have many of the ingredients already in your pantry. Using a dried packet soup makes this versatile in that virtually any one will do, along with whatever pasta and vege you have on hand. Plus a few extra things to add some flavour.
- Packet Pasta (shells, or spirals or any other type of dried pasta)
- Chunky Tinned Tuna in springwater
- Cream of Mushroom Packet soup (or Cream of Chicken packet soup)
- Diced onion, crushed garlic, garlic salt, dried chives or other dried spices
- Frozen corn and peas, or tinned
- Grated cheese
- Shallots/spring onions optional
- Dried Spices: basil, oregano, thyme, smoky paprika, chives and parsley will all work well.
- Sauces: add a little bit of wholegrain mustard or dijon mustard to the mornay sauce for a tangy hit.
- Olives: particularly bottled green olives you may have stashed in your pantry. These can add an extra layer of texture and some additional saltiness for flavour.
Will it work with Salmon?
Yes this will also work with canned salmon following the same instructions. Just make sure to remove all the bones/skin from the salmon before hand.
Alternatives to Pasta
Want to still make a healthy creamy pasta comfort food dish but without the pasta? It's possible with some of these alternatives:
- Cooked white or brown rice
- Pearl Cous Cous
- Canned Lentils or chickpeas
- Cooked sweet potato in chunks
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- For extra texture on top, add a sprinkling of breadcrumbs over the grated cheese before baking.
- For extra creaminess, you can of course add in some cream, or milk to the mornay sauce.
- To make it spicy, add some black pepper, along with half a teaspoon of dried chili flakes into the mornay sauce.
- For extra cheesy, add a layer of grated cheese on the bottom of the casserole dish, followed by the tuna mornay pasta, then rated cheese on top.
- A simple garden salad is great with this dish and keeps it light
- Serve on a bed of lettuce for a fresh crunch
- Serve with a squeeze of lemon
Tuna Mornay Pasta Bake
- 250 grams / 9 oz. pasta (I use shells)
- 410 grams / 14.5 oz. Chunky Tinned Tuna
- 2 packets / 4 tablespoons Dried Cream of Mushroom Soup (I used the Continential brand)
- ½ Medium Onion, diced
- 2 Cloves Garlic, crushed
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Salt
- 1 tablespoon Dried Chives
- 250 ml Boiling Water
- 2 tablespoons Frozen corn and peas
- 2 tablespoons of low fat grated cheese
- Shallots to garnish
- In a medium sized saucepan bring a pot of water to the boil and place pasta in. Cook until just soft
- Whilst pasta is cooking, in a separate saucepan, heat the butter, onion and garlic until translucent
- To the boiling water, add one packet of soup mix and stir thoroughly to combine to create a white sauce. Add to onion mixture and stir to combine
- Add to this, the second packet of dry soup mix, no extra water needed. This is to thicken the white sauce. Stir until it becomes thicker and reduce heat.
- Drain tuna of liquid from the tin and add to the saucepan of white sauce. Stir to combine. Add in the frozen peas and corn and stir for a further minute. Tuna sauce is done.
- Once pasta is cooked, spread it into an ovenproof dish. Pour the tuna sauce mixture over and gently turn over with a spoon to combine.
- Sprinkle with cheese and bake in moderate oven at 180 degrees C/350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- Freezing: This dish freezes well and can be stored for upto 2 months in the freezer.
- Soup Base: If you can’t find cream of mushroom packet soup, you can substitute with cream of chicken or any other type of dry packet soup following the same instructions as above.
- Serving Options: a garden salad, on a bed of lettuce or with a squeeze of lemon
- Extra Cheese and Creamy: Add in some cream or milk to the mornay sauce at step 4 (a little at a time). Add in an extra cheese layer on the bottom of the dish.
- Pasta Alternatives: Drained and rinsed canned lentils, cooked pearl cous cous, cooked brown or white rice
- Veg alternative: diced broccoli or cauliflower work well
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