How to make the Eat, Shop, Save tuna pasta bake - “ready meal reboot”

How to make the Eat, Shop, Save tuna pasta bake - “ready meal reboot”

Eat, Shop, Save has returned for a third season this August 2019!

ITV’s answer to Eat Well For Less? sees Ranvir Singh and her team of experts help families across the nation shop better, eat better and feel good.

Episode 2 (Thursday, August 8th) saw Ranvir tackle the Todd family from Sunderland with their takeaway habits and excessive weekly food spend. And one of the ways they managed that was with some nifty ready meal replicas that are quick and easy to make at home.

Here’s how to make the tuna pasta bake from Eat, Shop, Save episode 2!

Screenshot: Eat Shop Save S3 E2 – ITV Hub

Eat, Shop, Save’s “ready meal reboot”

The Todd family were spending over £300 per week on food because they splurged on ready meals and takeaways. They were in serious need of an Eat, Shop, Save intervention.

And the show’s chef and nutritionist Dale Pinnock had just the solution with his “ready meal reboot”.

Taking three of the nation’s most popular ready meals – spaghetti bolognaise, chicken tikka masala and tuna pasta bake – and transforming them into homecooked versions, Dale showed mum Nicola just how easy it is to make these tasty dishes at home.

Dale’s special veg sauce

Dale introduces Nicola to his simple and quick vegetable sauce which not only serves as a base for a variety of dishes (including the tuna pasta bake) but can be batch cooked and frozen.

This versatile sauce is made from 1 red pepper, 1 red onion, a courgette, garlic and tomato passata.

You will need to chop all of the vegetables and garlic and sweat them down in a medium saucepan in some oil until they are soft before seasoning with salt and pepper.

Next, add the carton of tomato passata and simmer for about 20 minutes before blending the vegetables and tomatoes into a smooth tomato sauce.

Screenshot: Eat Shop Save S3 E2 – ITV Hub

How to make the tuna pasta bake

The special veggie tomato sauce serves as the base for the tuna pasta bake.

To make the tuna pasta bake all you will need is tinned tuna, cheddar cheese, fresh spinach and penne pasta –  Dale uses wholewheat penne to make the recipe healthier.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6.

Step 2: Cook the penne as per the instructions on the packet but for around 6 minutes rather than the set time. The pasta should be less cooked than you would like as it will continue cooking in the oven.

Step 3: Strain the pasta and return the saucepan to hob. Add the pasta, sauce, tinned tuna and fresh spinach to the saucepan and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Screenshot: Eat Shop Save S3 E2 – ITV Hub

Step 4: Add the tuna pasta to a greased oven-proof dish and add a top layer of grated cheddar cheese.

Step 5: Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden and bubbling.

Screenshot: Eat Shop Save S3 E2 – ITV Hub





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