Easy Tuna Pasta Salad – Gluten Free!

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I like tuna fish. Tuna salad, tuna pasta salad, and even Hamburger Helper’s version of “Tuna Helper” (my husband won’t touch that stuff with a ten-foot pole!). There used to be a restaurant in our area with a huge salad bar that included different types of pasta salad. One of my favorites that they served had a goofy name. “Tuna Skroodle”, as they called it, was a pasta salad with tuna fish, and I loved it. It was simple enough, just pasta noodles, tuna, cheese, green peas and seasoning. Well, the restaurant closed down quite some time ago, and I have been missing that dish. Unfortunately, it was hard to replicate and eat like I should because most of the dish was wheat based pasta. I have been trying to stay away from foods with gluten in them, because I tend to feel better when I do. Luckily, there are now some gluten-free pasta versions that make great substitutes for the old recipes. I even took took a box of Tuna Helper and substituted the noodles in the box for some gluten-free noodles. That was kind of a waste and I wanted a dish I could serve hot or cold. So, I came up with a replacement dish of tuna pasta salad using gluten-free noodles that I want to share.

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This is  my easy-peasy (sorry, I know that is cheesy!) version of Tuna Skroodle, which can also be served warm like a tuna casserole:

Sandy’s Tuna Skroodle

Ingredients:

8 ounce bag of gluten-free corkscrew pasta (or whatever shape you like!) – I used the Tinkyada brand that I got at Walmart.

(2) 5.5 ounce cans tuna in water

1 cup green peas, canned or frozen

1/2 cup real mayonnaise (add a little more if you like it creamier)

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

2 tbsp diced onion (or to taste)

1/2 t garlic salt

1/2 t Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Boil pasta in lightly salted water, drain and allow to cool

Add tuna, mayonnaise, green peas, onion and spices and stir together.

Stir in shredded cheddar cheese.

That’s it!

 

You can chill it for the chilled pasta salad version, or heat it a little until the cheese melts for more of a casserole style meal. It is great served over fresh spinach. Also, its really easy to add a little more of this or that to adjust to your own taste. Don’t like green peas? Try substituting some chopped fresh broccoli. Best of all, its a cheap meal.  I like making a batch and eating it both ways for either a fast and easy dinner or lunch. I’ve eaten it warm for supper and chilled for lunch. Of course, if you are NOT worried about gluten, you can just use the regular noodles!

Enjoy!

Sandy

 

 

 

 



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Comments

  1. Patricia Curtis says:

    Sounds good. I am gonna try this. I love tuna salad.

  2. I’ll have to definitely give this a try!

  3. byecomparison says:

    I may pass this along to my mom to make for my stepdad, who has to eat strictly gluten-free. They love finding products that are “just as good” as the gluten versions!

    • It is getting easier to eat gluten-free thanks to new products. I am like them – finding the gluten-free “just as good” is awesome!

  4. Sounds good Sandy, we’ll have to try that too!

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