Comfort: Tuna Mac & Cheese
Estimated Preparation: 5minsEstimated Hands-On Cook Time: 10mins Estimated Leave-It Cook Time: 20mins
Prepare Noodles: 16oz Brown Rice Noodles Cook noodles al dente, strain and run over with cold water; set aside.
Sauce Ingredients: 2 1/4c Soy Milk *10oz (2 cans) Albacore Tuna 3c graded Goat Cheddar Cheese (about 8-9oz) 1-2Tsp finely ground pepper 2Tbsp tuna juice from can (get tuna in water, note if salt is added) Salt to Taste 1Tbsp of corn starch (or other thickening agent) 1/4c very hot water Preparation: After cooking noodles, set aside at room temperature. Grade cheese, set aside. Ground pepper, I like to mortar and pestal the pepper to make it very fine, then set aside. Open the cans of tuna and set aside with lids on. *Note: if you like a lot of tuna and the mac to be chunky, don't hesitate to throw in three cans or 15oz of tuna.
Pour soy milk into large, deep skillet. Heat over medium heat, once soy milk is warm, add cheese. Stir continuously until cheese has completely melted and no chunks can be seen. Add pepper and tuna juice, stir.
In a separate cup, combine corn starch or thickening agen to hot water; stir thoroughly. Turn the heat off on the skillet and add about 1/3 of the mixture to the skillet. Stir constantly, making small little circles with your spoon as if scraping the bottom of the skillet. You will see the sauce gradually thicken, add another third, stirring in small circles, allowing the sauce to thicken. Finally, add in the last of the mix and stir until the sauce starts to visibly thicken to about gravy consistency. Be sure to stir the sauce thoroughly, at the edges of the skillet.
Add the tuna by taking a fork, turning the prongs away from you, and shred as you add it to the sauce. Stir the tuna and sauce together after each can. After throughly combined, add in the room temp noodles and stir. Add salt to taste once all ingredients are combined. Turn the burner back on to low and cook until at desired temp.
*This is obviously not the healthiest meal! So, I quantified the calories. This meal is about 3000 calories if you ate the entire skillet. It serves 4 large helpings to 6 decent sized portions. Do the math: at 6 portions, this dish is only 500 calories! Now, that's comfort you can smile at.
**To kick it up a notch--add Tapatio! My fav! ;)