Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tuna Mornay

A quick and simple dish for weekend lunch ...


425g canned tuna in brine
1 small brown onion, sliced
2 cups milk
1 cup thickened cream
60g butter
2 tbsp plain flour
2 cups freshly grated cheddar cheese + 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
300g elbow macaroni

  • Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • Cook macaroni in a pan of rapidly boiling water until just tender.  Drain.
  • Saute onions until softened.  Remove from saucepan.  
  • Melt butter over medium-low heat.  Add flour and cook, stirring until foaming.  Gradually add in the milk and cream and stir continuously to get a smooth consistency.  Cook until the mixture thickens.  Reduce heat and cook for a further 2 minutes.  
  • Then add in half of the cheese, tuna, onion and macaroni. Season well.   Stir until well combined.  
  • Transfer the macaroni into an ovenproof dish.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the pasta mixture.  
  • Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until golden.  Serve hot.


  1. Suggestion for an even simpler version: use a can of cream of mushroom or cream of celery. Add in some chopped onions, use same grated cheese.

  2. Chris: Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, definitely made life simpler in the kitchen ;-)


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