How about some comedy on a Friday?
My dear friend Christopher LOVES the great state of Texas, so he asked that the final meal I cooked there be something he felt embodied the “Texas experience”: Kraft Dinner with Tuna Sauce. Now, I must say that I never ate anything remotely like Kraft Dinner with Tuna Sauce during our time in Dallas, nor was anything like this served to me at a party or restaurant. Dallas actually had incredible, amazing, fantastic food… I SO miss Abacus, The Porch, and Judy’s home cooking.
Still, I decided to humor him. (Maybe this is the West Texas experience?) The recipe actually does involve making a bechamel sauce, which I can respect. Plus, I upped the sophistication factor (if that’s even *possible* with this recipe) by using albacore tuna and organic macaroni and cheese. So at least there’s a little Dallas in there somewhere.
First, I prepared a box of Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese (so perhaps this is actually Annie’s Organic Macaroni and Cheese with Tuna Sauce?) according to package directions. While the noodles boiled, I started the tuna sauce.
In a small saucepan, I melted 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Once the butter had melted, I added 2 tablespoons of flour, whisked the mixture to combine, and raised the heat to medium. When things started to bubble, I added 1 cup of milk. (I used 1% because that’s what we always have on hand; use whole milk for a creamier sauce.)
I whisked the mixture until it thickened (about 5 minutes) and then added 1 (drained) can of solid white albacore tuna. Once the sauce was heated through, I seasoned it with salt and pepper, dished the macaroni into two bowls, and poured the sauce over the top.
Honestly, I was expecting this to be a bit gross, but it wasn’t half bad. It seems like something you might serve to children in an attempt to get them to eat tuna. I can’t see making this again in my kitchen, but this might be a good way to dress up boxed mac and cheese for any addicts out there, lol.
TIPS: The sauce definitely needs salt, so don’t skip the seasoning step.
Recipe link: Kraft Dinner and Tuna Sauce