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!
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
- To start off, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and pour in your macaroni.
- 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.
- Add in your Nutritional Yeast and salt and pepper to your cheese sauce and set aside.
- Once your pasta is done cooking, strain the pasta and pour it into a large baking dish.
- 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!
- 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.
- Then, pour your cheese sauce over your pasta and mix well.
- 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.
- Once it is crispy and golden, take it out of the oven and serve!
Servings: Makes 4 servings
Prep&Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.
The recipe is pretty straightforward but definitely a winner in my book. Comfort food made vegan in just 7 ingredients! Hope you enjoy!