04 June 2013

Tuna Mornay {Recipe}

I made Tuna Mornay the other day. To some people, this is a regular mid week meal. For me - or should I say, us – it was untried. I honestly had never tasted it. Ever.

So I googled and landed on Julie Goodwin’s page. For those of you who may not know her, Julie Goodwin was the first winner of Australian Masterchef. She was a home cook who has successfully made the leap into a cooking career.


Tuna Mornay


Tuna Mornay

(based on Julie Goodwin’s Tuna Mornay recipe with a few little tweaks)



250g dried pasta swirls

50g butter

1 cup corn kernels (peas would work well too)

1 medium carrot, diced

1 brown onion, diced

¼ cup plain flour

2 cups milk

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 cup grated tasty cheese, plus a little for the top

425g tin tuna in brine, drained

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

¼ cup breadcrumbs


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Cook the pasta (so that it’s al dente) and drain. 

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the corn, carrot and onion and cook until the vegetables are soft.

Sprinkle in the flour and stir.

Pour in ½ cup milk and stir until it is all incorporated and starting to form a thick, doughy sauce. 

Add another half a cup and repeat.  Add the last of the milk and cook for a minute more, stirring.

Toss in the mustard and cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. 

Add the tuna. 

Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Stir through the pasta and place into a baking dish.  Top with a scattering of cheese and breadcrumbs

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.


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It’s a winner at our house. My little lady thinks that the tuna is chicken, which is a bonus.


Do you have a special Tuna Mornay recipe?


  1. We have a recipe that is a winner in our house (I think we eat it every 2 - 3 weeks!). It's great for one of those meals that needs to be prepared earlier in the day so that dinner is ready as soon as everyone arrives home from swimming, football, ballet, etc. When I was growing up I always had tuna mornay with pasta, but my husband insists that it be eaten with rice (so, of course we eat it with rice!). Ours also has pineapple pieces in it (but no corn or carrot!). LOVE tuna mornay - might have to make it tomorrow night!!

  2. I just want to say all of these dishes are looking fantastic and so delicious. Thanks for the sharing and keep up the good work I am sure you will share more delicious dishes so that we could taste them all.

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