marina sauce

Tomato Tuna Melt Mac and Cheese

I always think I like tuna more than I actually do, so I end up buying more tins of it than I want to eat so sometimes I get creative. The idea behind this was kind of a tuna melt sandwich with a bowl of tomato soup all combined. This could be made gluten free by using gluten free mac and cheese.


  • One box mac and cheese and milk and butter as the box calls for
  • one tin of tuna, packed in either water or olive oil
  • oil (I used sunflower oil, but whatever you have is fine) if the tuna is packed in water
  • marina sauce
  • vegetable/chicken/some kind of broth
  • oregano, salt, pepper, other spices that you like
  • two pots

Drain your tuna and empty it into one of the pots, or a small sauce pan. If the tuna was packed in water, add about a tablespoon of your oil. Add your oregano and pepper. Let that warm up over medium low heat for about a minute. You don’t want your tuna to brown or anything, just get it hot. Add some marinara sauce to the tuna (I used maybe ½ a cup, but you can adjust depending on how thick you want the sauce). I also added some broth to make a thinner sauce. Stir that up and let it simmer for about ten minutes. While that simmers, make your mac and cheese according to the instructions on the box. When the mac and cheese is made, dump your tuna mixture into that pot. Put the lid on the pot and let it get all nice and steamy in there for like 5-10 minutes so that sauce gets soaked into the noodles and reduces a little.

And your done! I added pepper to mine at the end and some Frank’s Red Hot because um I put that on everything. This is a really easy way to dress up a can of tuna and a box of mac and cheese, and get rid of any extra tomato sauce you might have. You could also use a can of tomato soup instead of the sauce/broth mixture, and it would probably be really creamy and delicious, but I didn’t have any on hand. Enjoy :)