One Pot Tuna Casserole

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As busy moms, we are always on the lookout for recipes that do not require hours of preparation. I have found that one-dish recipes are hard to come by. Most recipes out there seem to be focused on being unique, and those that do require one dish do not meet my nutritional requirements. Therefore, over time I’ve developed different recipes that fulfill my needs. Some offer variations that require more work for a day where time and energy are not as limited, but all of these can easily be done with one dish and are delicious.

I hope to share with you these recipes in the coming months. For starters, here is my husband tasted and approved tuna casserole. It includes a carbohydrate, a vegetable, and protein. You can vary the proportions according to your preferences and if you want it to be healthier use whole wheat pasta.

1 lb elbow pasta
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
2 five oz cans tuna in oil
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder

Boil generously salted water, cook elbows as directed. About four minutes before pasta is cooked, add frozen peas to the boiling water. Cook to desired texture and drain. While still hot, add grated mozzarella, tuna, and seasoning. Serve warm. Reheat using the hack posted here.

*For a delicious twist, saute four cloves garlic and a large yellow onion in olive oil and add to the mix. Omit onion and garlic powders. You can saute in olive oil or butter but if using butter, use tuna in water not oil.
*I’ve done this using peas and carrots mix or frozen broccoli florets as well. Experiment with different vegetables. Try using slices of tomato.
*Use tuna in water if you’re watching your oil intake. It will not influence the taste as the other ingredients are stronger. It will slightly alter the texture and the way the tuna mixes in with the rest of the casserole.

Have you tried this with a different variation? Comment below with your additions!!

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  1. We make something like this quite often by using a mac & cheese kit (like Kraft or Great Value) and after it is done, mix in cans or pouches of tuna and frozen peas along with a little butter and milk or cream. I haven’t tried it with mozzarella though, just american or cheddar. Thanks for the recipe, it looks like it would quick, easy and tasty too.

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