Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ahi Tuna Mac 'n' Cheese

Something about fall makes me crave a big warm bowl of comfort food... and I can't think of anything more comforting than good 'ole Mac 'n' Cheese! Like most people, we have a box of Mac 'n' Cheese stashed away in the cupboard for cheesy, comfort food emergencies. Tonight I decided to give into my craving and whipped up a batch of the "good stuff"...

 

To make my Mac 'n' Cheese more of a hearty one-dish meal than just a bowl of cheesy deliciousness, I added steamed broccoli and some of our ahi (yellowfin) tuna we caught over the summer. Just look at that beauty of a fish!


We are very lucky to have a freezer full of tuna steaks right now; it was an epic fishing season in San Diego this year! But don't worry... if you don't have ahi tuna steaks, you can always just use two cans of light tuna (drained) in this recipe.

Ahi Tuna Mac 'n' Cheese
makes about 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
6-8 oz. ahi tuna steaks
salt and pepper
1 cup broccoli, chopped and steamed
1 box (6.4 oz.) Macaroni and Cheese mix
6 cups water
4 tablespoons butter (we used I Can't Believe It's Not Butter)
1/4 cup +  2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced fat (optional, for a cheesier dish)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of tuna steaks with generous amounts of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook tuna steaks until browned on each side and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes per side (it's helpful to break the tuna steak into smaller pieces to speed up cooking process). Let cool.

 

In a medium saucepan, prepare macaroni and cheese as directed on the box. 


Stir in tuna and broccoli.  Add shredded cheese (optional), 2 tablespoons milk, and black pepper. Stir until additional cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.


Note: You could substitute any vegetables in this dish. I think peas would be a great option!

YUM! Sometimes food doesn't need to be complicated. This Ahi Tuna Mac 'n' Cheese is so easy and so satisfying....

I love grown-up versions of a childhood favorites. Mac 'n' Cheese never tasted better!

Enjoy :)

- Janel





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