Penny savers recipe: tuna pasta bake

With a limited budget in hand, I often have to be creative and use up pantry staples before we make the weekly trip to the supermarket. With a meal planner app on my phone, I’m now able to pre-plan what to cook for the week, what I will need to purchase (or not) before making my grocery list. Last night, I used mainly pantry staples to create a piping hot meal, perfect for a rainy day.

The thing I like about pantry recipes is that they are easily adaptable. I don’t have to go out to the store to buy something specially for the recipe.

Serves 3

  • 1 cup dried pasta (I used penne)
  • 3 tbsp pasta sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 150g vegetables of your choice, sliced (I used 3 white mushrooms, 1/2 a bell pepper and a teeny bit of carrot)
  • 1 can of tuna, drained
  • 2 slices of cheese (optional)

Preheat the oven to 150 deg C.

Cook your pasta in a pot of salted boiling water.

At the same time, heat up some oil in a frying pan and saute the onions. When onions have become slightly soft, add in the minced garlic and stir around a little. Add in the vegetables and cook until soft. Add in the tuna and pasta sauce, and some pasta water if it is dry. Mix evenly.

Drain your pasta and place in a casserole. Mix in the pasta sauce mixture. Top up with the cheese slices (or you can use shredded cheese if you wish), and bake in the oven until cheese has melted.


Approx. cost of this recipe: €2.29

  • pasta: €0.20
  • mixed vegetables: €0.40
  • pasta sauce: €0.18
  • onion: €0.15
  • tuna: €0.99
  • cheese: €0.37

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