Spicy tuna pasta bake

Source: http://www.taste.com.au 

Very simple but delicious, this has become a firm family favorite.


  • 300g penne rigate
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 700g jar tomato passata
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian mixed herbs
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
  • 1 cup pitted black olives
  • 425g can tuna in olive oil, drained, flaked
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
  • Finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, to serve


  • Step 1
    Preheat oven to 200 C/180 C fan-forced.
  • Step 2
    Cook pasta following packet directions, until almost tender. Drain well. Transfer pasta to a 12-cup-capacity baking dish.
  • Step 3
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. Cook garlic and onion, stirring, for 3 minutes or until light golden. Add passata, herbs, sugar and salt. Season with pepper. Add chilli, to taste. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Step 4
    Pour sauce over pasta in baking dish. Add olives and tuna. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

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