Tuna Melt Mac & Cheese using chickpea lentil pasta delivers a healthy version of a long time family favorite. This nutritious dinner will not only be quick and easy; it’s also perfect for saving those extra food dollars each month.
Did you know that Chickapea now has Mac & Cheese?! Yessss! Just when I think I’ve hit the pasta jackpot, they up the stakes – perfect.
I stopped eating boxed mac & cheese long ago but now I can go back but this time it’s guilt-free and extra delicious.
The thing I love most about Mac & Cheese is that you can have it stand alone or add your favorite ingredients. This time I decided to do a take on a tuna melt without the bread – just clean ingredients for your family.
This recipe couldn’t be easier and the flavor will have your family bursting into spontaneous applause at the table – no, really – they will! You can also change this up to make it your own. I used mozzarella cheese on top but you can use swiss, white cheddar, or parmesan.
I’m adding new Mac & Cheese recipes to the Chickapea website all the time. Coming up next:
- Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
- Mac & Cheese with Spinach, Feta and Fire Roasted Tomatoes
What are you doing to your Mac & Cheese? Do you like it all by itself? Delicious! Or do you tend to add ingredients to stretch out your family dinners and dollars? Show me what you’re up to on Instagram by hashtagging #simplyfreshdinners and @simplyfreshdinners to I can share your creations with my readers!
Tuna Mac and Cheese
- 12 ounces Chickapea Mac & Cheese (2 boxes)
- 1 rib celery, diced
- 1 can tuna (I use Wild Planet)
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- fresh parsley, small handful, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 F
Combine tuna, green onions and celery in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
Cook Mac & Cheese according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot. Add tuna mixture and stir to combine well.
In a medium sized casserole dish, pour mixture and top with sliced tomatoes and cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes, turning to Broil setting for an additional 3 minutes at the end. Top with parsley if desired and serve.
Bell peppers would be a good addition to this.
I recommend using green onions for the recipe but I didn't have any at he time so I used sweet onion the first time I made it. Both equally delicious.
Swiss or Parmesan cheese would be a good alternative cheese topping.