Tuna mornay

This family favourite is super easy to make and tastes great any night of the week!

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 6
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Comfort food doesn't get much quicker, easier or tastier than this tuna pasta bake. Perfect for a mid-week dinner when you need something that the kids will go for. Tuna mprnay is a classic dish that has stood the test of time thanks to it's ease, simplicity and it fits easily into a tight budget. You only need a few simple ingredients that you're likely to have in the pantry and so it's easy to throw it together.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a kitchen cupboard anywhere in this country without a tin of tuna in it. If you love our tuna mornay, check out the rest of our triple-tested tuna recipes or our perfect pasta bakes.


  • 375 grams (12 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 60 grams (2 ounces) butter
  • 1 medium brown onion (150g), chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks celery (300g), trimmed, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cups (35g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) hot milk
  • 1 cup (250ml) pouring cream
  • 425 grams (13½ ounces) canned tuna in springwater, drained, flaked
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup (70g) stale coarse breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup (120g) coarsely grated cheddar cheese


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Oil deep 2.5-litre (10-cup) ovenproof dish.
  • 2
    Cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling water until tender; drain.
  • 3
    Melt butter in large saucepan; cook onion, garlic and celery, stirring, until onion softens. Add flour; cook, stirring, about 2 minutes or until mixture bubbles and thickens. Gradually stir in milk and cream. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens.
  • 4
    Stir pasta, tuna, parsley and rind into sauce mixture; season. Spoon mixture into dish; sprinkle with combined breadcrumbs and cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 35 minutes or until browned lightly.

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