Tuna Mac is easy and fairly inexpensive. All you need is a box of chemo Mac and cheese, a can of tuna, and mixed vegetables. The packaged dry cheese stuff is transformed into real food by adding it to a white sauce along with extra seasonings. This is one of those recipes that can be modified to suit whatever ingredients you have on hand.
The recipe will feed four easily. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave or in the oven. It is a kid friendly dish.
- 1 box of Mac and cheese
- 1 can of tuna well drained
- ¼ cup of diced onion
- 1 cup or more of mixed vegetables, any type
- 2 tablespoons of mayo
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 4 tablespoons of all–purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of dry chicken boullion
- 1 cup of milk
- Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard to taste
Bring salted water to a boil in a large sauce pan. Add the frozen vegetables and cook until the macaroni done. Drain, return to the pan and add 2 tablespoons of mayo. Stir to coat the macaroni well so it will not stick together. Set aside while preparing the sauce.
In another sauce pan melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Sauté the onion in the butter until it is soft. Whisk in 4 tablespoons of flour. Slowly add the milk and the seasonings. Add the package of sauce mix from the Mac and cheese package. Stir and simmer until thickened. If too thick add some milk. Stir in the well drained tuna.
Pour the hot sauce and tuna over the Mac and vegetables. Stir to combine. Pour into a casserole dish. Cover with bread crumbs and cheese if desired. Bake covered in a 350 degree F. oven for 30 minutes or until warmed through. Uncover the last 10 minutes or so so the topping will brown.
Other bottled salad dressings can be used instead of mayo. Blue cheese, creamy Italian, buttermilk and even thousand island. It keeps the macaroni from sticking together but also adds a nice background flavor to the casserole.
Good vegetable combinations include; peas and carrots, cauliflower and broccoli, green and red peppers, celery and carrots, green beans and corn. Any blend types such as California or Italian would be good in the dish.
Any pre-cooked fish can be used.
Any leftover cooked meat can be used instead of tuna or fish. Chicken would be very good.