This Easy Tuna Bake with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta is a healthy, versatile dish, equally delicious with pasta, potatoes, rice or fresh, crusty bread – make a big batch and enjoy more than once with your favourite side dish!
EASY TUNA BAKE WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SPINACH AND FETA
I don’t often use tinned food but in this easy tuna bake recipe it makes perfect sense to use tinned tuna rather than fresh. This is a quick and easy dinner recipe so convenience is key. Besides, mixing fresh tuna with other ingredients simply wouldn’t do it justice. This Easy Tuna Bake with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta recipe uses both the fish and the brine (spring water) so nothing is wasted.
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Easy tuna bake without pasta
My original intention was to create an easy and healthy tuna and pasta bake recipe but I didn’t have a big enough dish that would fit all the ingredients including the pasta. So this baked tuna casserole is made without the pasta. As it turns out this dish can be enjoyed on its own (I had a generous helping right after taking the photos :0). The chunks of squash and tuna coated in rich (but not heavy!) sauce make a fairly satisfying meal.
The advantage of not adding pasta into this tuna casserole is that it is super flexible. You could serve it with either pasta, quinoa, rice or couscous (if you prefer not to have it on its own).
This butternut squash casserole recipe with tuna is big enough to feed a family of 4 twice! (especially if you have it with a side dish, such as pasta). And it tastes just as delicious the next day. This is convenience food at its best:)
More butternut squash casserole recipes
- 1 medium butternut squash peeled, cubed
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 x 160 g tinned tuna save the water
- 2 large tomatoes chopped
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach chopped (100 g)
- 120 g feta
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt plenty of pepper
- Fresh parsley for garnish
Preheat the oven to 375 F/ 190 C/ gas mark 5.
In a medium saucepan heat up 2 tablespoons of oil, add the bay leaf, garlic and onion and saute on a low heat for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, season, cover and simmer for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and puree the sauce (don't forget to take the bay leaf out first). Stir in the spinach and water from the tuna.
In a large pan heat up 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the squash cubes on a high heat for about 6-7 minutes stirring often until they are lightly browned. Remove from the heat and place in a medium/large baking dish (at least 6 cm deep). Spread the tuna over the squash, pour the sauce over the whole thing, top with crumbled up feta and bake for 50 minutes.
To serve garnish with parsley and enjoy with pasta, quinoa, couscous or simply on its own.
Serve with your favourite side dish
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