Gluten Free Pasta Recipes - Tuna Al Forno (Tuna Pasta Bake)

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Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 MINS

Cook Time: 20 MINS

Gluten Free Pasta Recipes - Tuna Al Forno (Tuna Pasta Bake)

Pasta bake is a hearty mid-week family meal that with the addition of simple ingredients, can be made differently every time!


  • 320g gluten free penne pasta (you can use any shape really, apart from spaghetti or tagliatelle)
  • 50g fresh cherry tomatoes, halved  
  • Handful fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tin tuna, drained
  • 1 ball gluten free mozzarella
  • Half an onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Chilli flakes (optional)

Top tip: Don’t cook the pasta to within an inch of its life! You want it to be al dente when it’s finished cooking in the pan, which means still slightly firm, as it will continue to cook in the oven.


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and boil the kettle for the pasta.

2. In a large pan, pour in the boiling water and season with salt (don’t worry, you won’t be able to taste the salt) Add in the pasta and cover with a lid for about 10 minutes or until al dente.

3. In a frying pan, add the olive oil, garlic puree and onions and fry until softened.

4. Add in the tomatoes and fry until they soften, or squash them down with your spoon so that the juices run out, then pour in some boiling water to create a sauce. It will be runny at this stage, don’t worry! Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.

5. Now add in the tomato puree to thicken up the sauce, season with salt and black pepper and add the chilli to taste, if you’re using it.

6. Remove from the heat, pop in half of the torn basil leaves and the tin of drained tuna.  stir and leave to one side whilst you check on the pasta.

7. Drain the pasta and pour the sauce over it. Give it a really good mix to make sure it’s well coated, then transfer into a deep oven dish. Grate the rest of the mozzarella over the top of the pasta and pop into the oven for around 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and has a nice golden crust forming.

8. Remove from the oven and scatter the rest of the fresh basil over the top. Serve up, but be careful as straight out of the oven, pasta bake could give Mount Vesuvius a run for its money!

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