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Tuna or Chicken Noodle Casserole

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Category: Casseroles
# of Servings: 6
Recipe Created By: Darcy Walters


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2 6 oz (170 g) cans tuna or chicken, drained
3 small potatoes
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 rib celery
6 medium mushrooms
2 14 oz (396 g) can chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 8 oz (227 g) box quinoa or corn elbows
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cornstarch


Heat oven to 350 °F.

Finely chop onion, garlic and celery. In large frying pan, heat olive oil and saute onion, garlic and celery until clear. Add 1 1/2 cans of broth and bring to a boil.

Bring a large pot of 8 cups of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to directions.

Defrost peas by soaking in warm water; strain.

Chop mushrooms and cube potatoes. Microwave cubed potatoes for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, peas and potatoes to mixture. Add salt.

Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/2 can of broth, and add to mixture. Heat until bubbly. Cornstarch will thicken the mixture. Remove from heat. Stir in drained pasta and tuna or chicken and transfer to a casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes.


This is a lovely alternative tuna noodle casserole.


Can use 2 medium potatoes in place of 3 small.

Onion and garlic can be replaced with 3 shallots.

If avoiding fish, use canned chicken instead of tuna. Read labels on the tuna as some contain soy.

Corn Substitutions: Corn is a common ingredient in products. Starch, modified food starch, dextrin and maltodextrin can be from corn. Consult with your physician to find out which corn derivatives you need to avoid. Many corn-free options are available in the US. Find out more about corn substitutions.

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Last time I checked, tuna was and is fish! Peas are also legumes, meaning if you have nut allergies, you should stay away from peas also.

Kathy P - KFA Admin 11/29/2015 1:20:47 PM

The recipe is free of fish if you use chicken.

Peanuts and peas are both legumes. But not everyone who is allergic to one legume will react to others.

"Soy and Beans

Peanuts are in the legume family, which includes different beans, including soybeans and lentils. A common question that comes up for people with an allergy to peanut is whether they can eat soy-based foods or other beans. More than half of peanut-allergic individuals will have a positive skin test or blood allergy test to another legume. But, it turns out that 95% of them can tolerate and eat the cross-reactive legumes. Many years ago, it was common to recommend avoidance of legumes, including soy, because of a peanut allergy. This practice has been proven unnecessary. One possible exception is lupine/lupin."

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