Adding Tuna to Macaroni and Cheese

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February 27, 2019

Tuna and Veggie Mac and Cheese on plateThis is one of my favourite ways to spruce up a box of mac and cheese. All the lovely additions of veggies, balsamic vinegar, fish, and capers make you forget the base of it comes out of a box. This is cooked in the same time it takes for you to make the mac and cheese.


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 crown broccoli, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 box mac and cheese (with ingredients it calls for on box)
  • 1 can albacore tuna
  • 1 Tbsp capers


  1. Start cooking the mac and cheese as per box instructions. While that's cooking, add cooking oil to a large pan over medium-high heat and add broccoli, carrots, and onion. Cook for a 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Veggies cooking in pan
  3. Add zucchini and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. adding zucchini & garlic to pan

  5. When mac and cheese is done, shut off its heat. Add vinegar to cooking vegetables, then add about 3 tablespoons of the mac and cheese cooking water to the veggie pan. The starches from the pasta water will create a creamy sauce. If the pan dries quickly, keep adding more starchy water. If you like your veggies on the softer side, add some more water and cover the pan with a lid to steam them off.
  6. cooked Veggies in pan
  7. Drain pasta and add cheese mix per box instructions. Add tuna to the pan of balsamic vegetables. Mix well.
  8. Tuna added to cooked Veggies

  9. Pour tuna and veggies into mac and cheese pot. Mix well. Stir in capers and serve. I like to stud the top of the plated portions with some more capers.
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February 24, 2011

Mix a defrosted package of Macaroni and Cheese with 1 can of tuna fish (preferably oil packed), drained. Top with crumbled Ritz Crackers. Microwave 3 minutes. Can double recipe.

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February 24, 2011

Spruce up a box of plain old mac and cheese with a can of tuna fish! Now you've got cheesy tuna noodle casserole!

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