07 February 2014

Foodie Weekend - Tuna, Pine Nuts and Capers Stuffed Pasta Al-Forno

Earlier this week, I had an evening meeting with Blogger's In The City and had to prepare lunch and a quick uncomplicated dinner for Captain and the boys before leaving.  So, I cooked Kampung Fried Rice for lunch and for dinner a dish of oven pasta with tuna, pine nuts and capers. As a habit, I posted the pictures of these dishes on my personal Facebook page and I was asked by many friends and relatives alike for the recipe of the pasta dish.  I actually planned to post another recipe today but on popular demand, I share here today the simple easy recipe of Tuna, Pine Nuts and Capers Stuffed Pasta al-Forno

Pasta al-forno or translated to direct English, baked pasta has many variation. You can have it with meat, vegetable or in my case tuna.  The possibility is endless actually.  It is perfect for this situation of mine whereby I needed to prepare the dish to be eaten later, as I could assemble it earlier and it can be put in the oven whenever needed.  This way, Captain and the boys could enjoy fresh hot dinner even when Mama is away.  Now, this recipe calls for the giant conchiglie (shell pasta) or pipe rigate but if you couldn't find any of these, don't worry as there is another way to substitute for this dish.  Watch out for tips note later!

Ingredients (serves 4)

2 cans of tuna in water or oil (as you prefer)
500 grams of giant conchiglie or pipe rigate
1 large onion, chunk diced
5 large cloves of garlic, chopped
1-2 fresh red chilies, chooped (optional)
1/2 cup of spring onion, roughly chopped
2 tbsp of pine nuts
1 tbsp of capers
1 cup of canned chopped tomatoes
Salt, Pepper

1 1/2 can of chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic
Extra Vigin Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper, Sugar
1 tsp of dry oregano 
1/4 cups of chopped parsley

1 cup of shredded cheddar or emmental cheese 
Generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese
Some parmesan cheese for sprinkling


Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a pan
Add in crushed garlic, be careful not to burn it
Add in chopped tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper and a bit of sugar
Stir until boiling
Add in chopped parsley
Set aside

Boiled pasta in a salted hot boiling water.  Now, beware of the cooking time. The pasta should be cooked 3 minutes less than the normal cooking time written on the bag.
Drain water and sprinkle some oil over. Roughly toss around.

In another pan, heat extra virgin olive oil
Add in chopped onion, chilies and garlic, cook until fragrance.
Add in pine nuts and cook until onion soften
Add in drained tuna and chopped tomatoes, mix well.
Then add capers, spring onion, pepper, salt
Set aside to cool.

Using a little butter, grease the bottom and sides of  a large casserole 
Stuffed the pasta with the stuffing one by one and arrange them side by side.
Once the whole casserole is filled, sprinkle the emmental or cheddar cheese over. 
Next, pour the sauce over and generously sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top.
Finally sprinkle some parmesan and ready to go in the oven whenever needed.

Bake the pasta covered, in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes or 
until the cheese melted.
If you prefer the crusty top, bake the last 10 minutes uncovered.

If you are not able to find the giant pasta, use the normal ones like penne or rigatoni.  Instead of stuffing the pasta, mix the pasta with the stuffing and spread it over the casserole followed by the sauce and so on.  The result will be more like single layer lasagna instead but the taste is equally good!


  1. Looks yummy. Im going to try that; im always looking for new pasta recipes. I love how you can prepare it ahead of time, always a plus in my book!

  2. This dish looks so yummy Mrs. C.....I'm such a fan of your Foodie Weekend feature!


  3. Mrs C, I ran out of ideas for dinner! This is so good, gotta try it!

    xo Jo


  4. Ohhh! That looks so delish. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)


  5. Looks very delicious! Have to try that some time! It was great to see you the other day! xx


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