Who needs Tuna Helper? Although, for the record, I used to really like Tuna Helper and would buy it anytime I had coupons to purchase it at a great deal. I used to also really like Hamburger Helper – which is why I came up with this Cheeseburger Macaroni recipe to make myself feel like I was eating Hamburger Helper. Shock upon shock, my fix for Tuna Helper uses the same basic Creamy Mac and Cheese recipe, only instead of adding seasoned hamburger meat, I add tuna. See how fancy I am? (snore)
If you haven’t tried my trick for making Creamy Mac and Cheese – cooking the pasta in the milk – you really need to give it a try. We love this, and it really has made for some great recipe combos! (Cheeseburger Macaroni, Three Cheese Garlic Chicken Pasta, Baked Three Cheese Chicken Pasta, and yes, the very exciting Tuna Casserole.)
Easy Tuna Casserole
2 1/2 cups whole wheat pasta (or brown rice pasta)
3 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cans (6 ounces each) tuna, drained
1 cup shredded cheese (optional)
Mix pasta, milk and salt in a large sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat STIRRING ALMOST CONSTANTLY until the pasta is tender (10-15 minutes). Remove from heat. Add tuna and cheese, and stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
I’m not sure why, but I absolutely love tuna casserole served with frozen peas. Well, I cook the peas – I don’t serve them frozen. You knew that, right? Okay, just checking.
Are you a fan of tuna? Do you like tuna casserole? Don’t you just love frozen peas? (The cooked kind, of course.)