Simple Recipes – Tuna Mornay

My go to budget friendly recipe is Tuna Mornay. I always bulk up this recipe with Pasta or Rice and add frozen mixed vegies.

The kids love it. I love it and you can make the entire dish for next to nothing using staples from your pantry and fridge.


1 1/2 cups of milk
1 bay leaf
1 slice of onion
5 whole black peppercorns
60g butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1/4 cup plain flour
425g can of tuna in brine, drained, flaked, brine reserved
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup of cream
1/4 chopped parsley
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
Paprika, to taste

  1. Heat the milk, bay leaf, onion slice and peppercorns in a small pan. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain and reserve the milk.
  2. Preheat the oven to around 180°C. Heat the butter in a pan and add the onion and celery. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add the flour and stir for 1 minute, or until the mixture is bubbly. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the combined reserved milk and tuna brine. Stir until smooth. Return to the heat and stir until the mixture almost boils. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  3. Add the nutmeg, cream, parsley and half the cheese. Stir for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat, add the flaked tuna and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a greased ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the top with the combined breadcrumbs, paprika and remaining cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, then place the dish under a hot grill for 2 minutes to brown the breadcrumb topping.
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