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Family dinner: Tuna Mornay


Tuna Mornay
{There really is no way to make it look pretty…}

I feel like I can’t avoid writing about tuna mornay right now. I am making it A LOT. It is Pebble’s very favourite meal, especially when mixed with a little pasta or rice. I can make it in about seven minutes, and she eats it every time. What’s not to like?

My mum will dispute this, my siblings will support it: when I was a child there was a period of time where Tuesday night was Tuna Mornay night. It was the night that we had netball practice, and Tuna Mornay is quick, easy, nutritious and can be made in advance. Perfect! Except that I grew to hate that stuff pretty damn quick.

I’m still waiting for the day that Pebble turns around and says NO to Tuna Mornay, but for now I’ll be quite happy to tempt fate and keep it as a regular on the menu. Here’s my quickest, easiest and most toddler friendly version.

Tuna Mornay

1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 can corn kernels
1 cup grated cheese
1 large tin tuna

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan and whisk in the flour until combined. Cook, stirring for about a minute.
  2. Gradually stir in the milk until the sauce is thickened.
  3. Throw in grated cheese, corn kernels and tuna, stirring to combine and break up the tuna chunks. Season to taste.

Seriously, dinner couldn’t get any easier than this. You can bulk it out with extra veg, and serve it with rice or pasta. Or mashed potatoes if that’s the way you roll. Some people like to put breadcrumbs on top and toast it under the grill, but we keep things super simple around here.

What’s the winning dinner at your place right now?


  1. Yup, it’s a hit here too. Had it last night actually :) we put pasta in to ours and sometimes add weetbix instead of breadcrumbs before the cheese in top. Oh, and peas and corn in it too. Yummy!!

  2. Oh, I’ve necer seen this recipe. I’m going to try it this week. Thank you Kylie :)
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    • I just tried your tuna mornay and loved it! Now to try it on the kids :)

      • Hi Claudia, thank you so much for coming back to tell me this, it gives me such a kick to read that someone actually cooked one of my recipes xx

  3. I was a dimwit and never gave this to the kids when they were tiny… and now they won’t eat and am SO regretful as it looks tasty and I would like it too. Curses, curses… but perhaps time to persevere with the bigs as it’d be good for them.
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    • I think I’m doing the reverse, Seana, and my Pebble will end up with nightmares about it because she’s eating it so often! Right now we’re out tantrum stage whenever she finds out that she’s not getting tuna for dinner. What DID your kids enjoy eating when they were little? I’d love to add something else to Pebble’s reportoire :)

  4. oh I wish my kids would eat this. I love tuna!! At the moment Miss 7 is loving “lolly pop chops”…french cut lamb chops! Miss nearly 4 loves a good snag with tomato sauce and brocollini! : ) Cheers, Mez
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    • Hi Mez :) We tried lamb chops and snags, but she’s just not into it. If I chop up the lamb into tiny pieces she calls it ‘chicken’ and will eat a few pieces. Whatever works, right? LOL

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