Tuna Melt Mac 'n' Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 1 pound hollow cavatappi or elbows with lines, or macaroni with lines
  • About 3 tablespoons EVOO, plus extra for drizzling
  • 12 ounces line-caught canned tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley and tarragon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion or scallions, whites and greens
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 to 2 small ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • About 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups grated white Cheddar or gruyere cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade breadcrumbs or panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parm
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta to less than al dente, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and drizzle with a touch of oil to keep the pasta loose.

  • In a large bowl, flake the tuna and add the herbs (reserving a tablespoon or 2 for breadcrumbs), onions, mustard, celery, lemon juice, EVOO and some salt and pepper. Add the pasta and combine well. Transfer to a baking dish or large casserole dish.

  • In a medium saucepot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the flour and cook 1 minute. Then whisk in the milk and season with salt and pepper, thicken to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the Cheddar in a figure-eight motion. Pour the sauce evenly over the pasta and tuna. Gently combine with a spoon to settle the sauce. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal.

  • Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a small pan and add the breadcrumbs and reserved herbs, toss to evenly distribute the butter, remove from heat and transfer to airtight container.

  • To prepare, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and bring the casserole to room temperature. Top the casserole with breadcrumbs and Parm cheese. Bake until golden and hot through.


CATEGORIES:
View All

Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Loading review filters...
BROWSE REVIEWS BY KEYWORD
    Reviews
    Opener_ReesChiliCookoff_H

    This recipe is featured in:

    Easy Comfort Food Recipes