Tuna mac and cheese is a huge hit in many households. Kids love tuna and combining it with another kid’s favorite, macaroni, is the perfect way to serve up dinner. This meal is definitely going to be a hit on your table.
Tuna Macaroni and Cheese
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 12 ounces canned tuna, drained and flaked
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 2 ½ cups milk
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 lemon, juiced
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs, plain
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- ½ cup scallions, diced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
- ½ cup parsley, chopped
- Start by boiling the pasta according to the directions on the package but cook for 5 minutes less than the time given. Drain the pasta and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to keep it from sticking.
- Grab a large mixing bowl and place the tuna in it.
- Add in the scallions, parsley, lemon juice, celery, mustard, salt, pepper, and remaining olive oil. Mix well until blended.
- Add the tuna mixture to the pasta and toss well.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grab a large casserole dish and grease with cooking spray.
- Pour the tuna and pasta mixture into the casserole dish.
- Place a saucepan over medium-high heat and allow 4 tablespoons of the butter to melt.
- Once melted, whisk in the flour and allow to cook for 1 minute.
- While continuously whisking, add in the milk. Continue to stir for 5 minutes or until the milk is beginning to thicken.
- Add in the cheddar cheese and whisk until completely melted.
- Pour the cheese sauce over top of the pasta and stir gently.
- In a small saucepan, melt the remaining butter and add the breadcrumbs to it. Stir until the breadcrumbs have soaked up the butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the casserole.
- Place the dish in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden and the sauce is bubbly.