Recipe Review

This One-Pan Tuna Mac Is the Easy Dinner You Need This Week

updated May 1, 2019
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With Thanksgiving on the horizon, you’re going to be cooking up a storm and washing a ton of dishes over the next few days. While it might be tempting to just order takeout, you can have a comforting, homemade meal on the table tonight in just 30 minutes. The best part? It cooks up in one pan!

This twist on the classic tuna-noodle casserole is perfect for busy weeknights. Everything comes together in one large pot — you don’t even have to boil the pasta separately!

Simply sauté some onion and garlic in olive oil; pour in some whole milk, water, chicken broth, and uncooked pasta shells; and simmer everything until the pasta is al dente. Then you add in a little more milk, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and a can of tuna and let the pasta rest for a bit — this allows the pasta to get nice and creamy. To finish, stir in some frozen peas (which will defrost in the hot pasta) and shredded cheddar and garnish with fresh parsley.

The bright flavor from the mustard, lemon, and peas helps balance the rich, cheesy pasta. It’s comfort food that won’t put you in a food coma immediately after — which is a good thing, considering you have all those pies to bake!

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