Toona Casserole

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Ah, tuna casserole, one of the staple comfort foods from my family. There really isn’t anything like getting home on a cold day and seeing a crispy cheesy delight waiting for you in the oven! Thanks mom if you are reading this. Tuna casserole was a dish I thought I had said goodbye to once I went vegan. I didn’t ever think there would be a tuna substitute but, boy was I wrong!

So, to make sense of all this, this “tuna” casserole journey I mean, a couple months ago I was walking in my local whole foods and I was on the hunt for vegan “tuna” also called, toona. I looked in all my usual places (where I usually find meat alternatives) and this “tuna” was nowhere to be found. I gave up and headed to the check out. While Mitch and I waited in line I decided that I would give this toona hunt one last try. I headed into the aisle where you can buy canned fish, tuna, olives, tomatoes you name it and BAM. Sitting next to all the other canned tunas I saw Vegan Toona!

Fast forward a few months and I have perfected this recipe (at least to the version I had growing up) and now I am ready to share it! This recipe is so easy, and requires little effort and only a handful of ingredients!

Let’s Get Started!

INGREDIENTS

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup of nondairy milk of your choice
  • 1 cup of nondairy cheese of your choice
  • 2 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Pasta

DIRECTIONS

  1. To start off, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and pour in your macaroni.
  3. While your pasta is cooking, place a small pot on low heat and pour in your milk and cheese. Slowly stir this mixture until all your cheese has melted into a thick sauce.
  4. Add in your Nutritional Yeast and salt and pepper to your cheese sauce and set aside.
  5. Once your pasta is done cooking, strain the pasta and pour it into a large baking dish.
  6. Add your Vegenaise over your pasta and mix thoroughly. It might not seem important but adding the vegan mayo first really changes how the casserole turns out!
  7. Pop open your can of Vegan Toona and prepare to be creeped out about how closely the smell will remind you of real tuna! Once you are over that, take a fork and mash the toona up and fold it into your pasta.
  8. Then, pour your cheese sauce over your pasta and mix well.
  9. Place your casserole in the oven until the top is golden brown, I like to bake mine for around 15-20 minutes but check every ten minutes for your own preference.
  10. Once it is crispy and golden, take it out of the oven and serve!

Servings: Makes 4 servings
Prep&Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

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The recipe is pretty straightforward but definitely a winner in my book. Comfort food made vegan in just 7 ingredients! Hope you enjoy!

Majken


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