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Tuna penne with herby crumbs

Tuna penne with herby crumbs

This is a real go-to midweek family supper dish, inexpensive and so quick to assemble.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time30 mins

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  • 250g Essential Penne
  • 250g frozen garden peas
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 Essential White Pitta, made into breadcrumbs, or 60g of any store-cupboard breadcrumbs
  • ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
  • ½ x 20g pack chives, chopped
  • 2 x 160g cans Essential Tuna Chunks In Sunflower Oil, drained
  • 350g tub Essential Cheese Sauce
  • 3 tbsp milk


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling, lightly salted water for 10 minutes, until just tender. Add the peas, return to the boil and cook for 2 minutes more.

  2. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the breadcrumbs, the dried herbs, ⅓ of the chives and plenty of black pepper. Remove from the heat. Preheat the grill to medium.

  3. Drain the penne and peas and return to the pan. Add the tuna, flaking it into the pasta with a fork. Stir in the remaining chives, the cheese sauce, the milk and a little seasoning. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until piping hot throughout. Turn into a pie dish and scatter with the breadcrumbs. Place under the grill for 2 minutes until the surface is lightly crisped and golden.

Cook’s tip

You can use any other frozen green vegetables instead of the peas, and the chives can be left out or swapped for herbs you have in the fridge or freezer, such as parsley, tarragon, coriander or dill.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,324kJ/ 553kcals



Saturated Fat












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