This pasta bake was inspired by my love for our Tuna Curry Melt but in pasta form! It also uses all the classic cupboard ingredients so you should have all the ingredients knocking about at home, and it took literally 45 minutes from start to finish! The best thing is, it's so delicious, cheese, creamy, and filling, but one serving only comes down to around ~364 calories. Let's get to it!
Serves: 4 or 2 if you're feeling hungry
Difficulty: Level 0
Health factor: ⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️
1 can of tuna in water, drained
200gr whole-wheat pasta (I used fusilli)
25gr butter (I used salted but you can use unsalted and add more salt)
25gr plain flour
236ml unsweetened almond milk (or other nut milk you may have - please adjust calories)
2 handfuls of spinach
2tbsp curry powder, more if desired
50gr mature cheddar, grated
Sea salt & black pepper to taste
1tsp golden breadcrumbs to top
Start cooking your pasta following the pack instructions in a large saucepan. You will need a large saucepan as that is where we will be mixing all the ingredients later.
Pre-heat your oven or grill to medium heat (or 180 degrees fan).
Whilst the pasta is cooking, make your white curry sauce. Take a small saucepan and melt butter. When butter is melted, add flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the almond milk. Use a whisk and keep whisking until combined. Bring to a slow boil and then decrease heat. Keep whisking until the sauce thickens. Once the sauce thickens, take it off the heat and add curry powder and mustard. Set aside.
Once the pasta is ready, drain it, saving a few tablespoons of pasta water in the pan. Put pasta back in the large saucepan.
Add white curry sauce, 25gr of grated cheddar, sweetcorn, spinach and season with salt & pepper. Mix well until it is all incorporated.
Once incorporated, transfer to a baking tin and top with leftover grated cheddar and breadcrumbs.
Pop this in the grill / oven for 5-10 minutes until golden and melty!!
Serve straight away and ENJOY!! 😊
Hot tip: this dish reheats really well in the microwave so just pop it in for 2 minutes to reheat before eating.
Make it vegetarian: replace tuna with chickpeas
Make it vegan: replace tuna with chickpeas and use vegan cheese!