Cheap and Easy Tuna and Macaroni Bake Recipe

This is a recipe from which is a great website for finding cheap, sustaining and healthy recipes.  This is very quick and easy to make and tastes delicious.
Great for a tight budget and using up old leftover bread.

Tuna and macaroni bake
Photography by Steve Brown

Slices of sourdough bread

Preparation Time

15 – 20 minutes

Cooking Time

35 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 145g (1 cup) macaroni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 cup grated light tasty cheese
  • 185g can tuna in spring water, drained
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup wholegrain breadcrumbs (see note)
  • steamed vegetables, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (356 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease a 6-cup capacity ovenproof dish. Cook pasta following packet directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Return to heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mixture comes to the boil.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in mustard, cheese, tuna, parsley and pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden. Serve with steamed vegetables.


  • To make 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, process 2 slices of day-old bread.


Super Food Ideas – July 2005
Super Food Ideas – July 2005, Page 32
Recipe by Kerrie Sun

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