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Give this meatless Monday dish a go. Imagine tuna and sweetcorn combined with pasta and cheese sauce then baked…mmm. Hub isn’t a huge fan of tuna, but I still made a whole dish and froze the rest! I love this bake because it’s a classic pantry dish(you’ll have all the ingredients at home!). Replace tuna with bits of smoked haddock and use the poaching milk to make the sauce, yum! If this is not quite what you are looking for, try cauliflower mac ‘n cheese or MOG mac ‘n cheese . Planned on photographing this dish earlier, but was so hungry I forgot! HA HA!  So below this is my half eaten pasta bake…

You will need:

1 heaped cup macaroni, cooked in salted water until al dente


50 g butter

50 ml cake flour

500 ml milk

125 ml grated cheddar

handful of chopped parsely

salt and pepper

1 small onion, chopped

250 ml/ 1 cup sweetcorn

1 tin of tuna in brine, drained

125 ml grated cheese

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

To make the sauce, prepare a roux with the butter and flour, then add the milk and whisk continously over high heat until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, seasoning and parsley.

Heat a small frying pan with a little oil, saute the onions until soft then stir in the sweetcorn and heat through. Remove from the heat and add the tuna.

Combine the cooked and rinsed pasta, cheese sauce and tuna mixture and spoon into a greased medium baking dish. Top with more grated cheese and bake for +- 20 minutes or until golden on the surface.

Serve with a simple green salad.


Here’s to a new week of eating healthy and trying to go to gym 3 times. It is much needed after taking my brother out for dinner for the first time after being in bed 5 months! He can finally walk with 1 crutch and has use of his right hand again, so he was in high spirits and the first meal he wanted was chilli poppers. First option was Panchos, but was fully booked(good on them), so we went to Fat cactus in Mowbray. Lets just say, we ate our selves into a stupor! Go Mr D, it’s great to have you back! I am so proud to have him as my big bro!


Time to make some java and watch what is left of the 8 ‘o clock movie!


C xx





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17 Responses

  1. ninatimm

    Yummee, it looks too delicious. I am glad to see that Panchos is still operating!!!!

  2. janicetripepi

    Hey there Carey – this would certainly fill ones tummy nicely. I understand what u say about the gym …. i have to do MORE exercise .. Your brother was laid up for 5 months!!??? Wow – that’s a long time! I am glad he is getting better! have an AWESOME monday darling xxxx jan

  3. sharonsmit

    lol – sometimes food is just to good to wait to take a pic! Havent had pasta & tuna in ages!


    We really do owe it to our bodies to treat them better, after all the yummy food we put into them! 5 months is a long time, but he is reabilitating so well! Have a good week Jan, glad to see you back xxx


    Thanks Nina! I love Panchos, they really have a unpretentious winning recipe for success!

  6. forage

    This is def the kind of meal that would make my little girl happy. She is a recent pescetarian who really misses her cheesy, meaty pasta dishes. On another note – I’ve heard that there is a new mexican restaurant that just opened in Green Point. Anyone been? It is called El Burro


    This is a really healthy kid friendly meal for sure! Haven’t been, will check it out soon.


    nope not me, but if you needed someone to review a book, then I would’ve mailed you asap! haha!


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