Tuna Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Take your classic homemade macaroni and cheese recipe to the next level with extra protein and flavor. Heather of Fit Mama Real Food created this simple homemade Tuna Macaroni & Cheese recipe just for you!

If you have ever made a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe before, you know you have to make a roux first, but that is not needed with this recipe! Your sauce is easily combined together in your blender and ready to go. It's truly that easy!

Keep reading to learn how to make her delicious high-protein dinner using her Larder & Vine Ceramic Non Toxic Bakeware Set in under 20 minutes.

Have a little peace of mind knowing our bakeware set is completely free of all heavy metals, PTFE, PFOA, and PFAS. No soaking or scrubbing either! Simply pop the bakeware in the dishwasher and once they're clean your set will stack into one piece for easy storage.

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Tuna Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Recipe Summary

Prep time

5 minutes

Cook time

15 minutes





Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon old bay
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cans tuna
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Recipe Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions, but remove when al dente (cooked, but still slightly firm). When the pasta is done, drain and set aside.
  2. While the noodles cook, blend the milk and cottage cheese.
  3. When your pot is empty, reduce the heat to medium heat and add the butter to melt. Pour the blended cottage cheese in, and add the seasonings and grated cheese. Mix and heat through until your cheese is melted fully.
  4. Add the cooked pasta into your cheese sauce and stir through, then add the tuna.
  5. Spread a little oil on your Larder & Vine Square 8 x 8 Pan and pour the mac and cheese mixture in. Top the macaroni mixture with panko and broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until you see the breadcrumbs getting golden. 
  6. Serve, and enjoy!