Tuna Melt Mac & Cheese

Tuna Melt Mac & Cheese using chickpea lentil pasta delivers a healthy version of a long-time family favorite.  This nutritious dinner will not only be quick and easy; it’s also perfect for saving those extra food dollars each month.

Tuna Melt Mac & Cheese | Chickapea Pasta

This recipe is a collaboration with Kim, our Marketing Manager and Robyn, our recipe creator from Simply Fresh Dinners.   We love creating new dishes for our Mac & Cheese and you will see two more delicious suggestions at the bottom of this post.  The options are endless!  Here’s Robyn to tell you about this latest one.

Did you know that Chickapea now has Mac & Cheese?!  Yessss!   Just when I think I’ve hit the pasta jackpot, they up the stakes – so fun!

Ingredients for Tuna Melt Mac & Cheese | Chickapea Pasta

I stopped eating boxed mac & cheese long ago but now I can go back, but this time it’s guilt-free and extra delicious.

Chickapea Mac & Cheese

The thing I love most about mac & cheese is that you can have it stand alone or add your favorite ingredients.  This time I decided to do a take on a tuna melt without the bread – just clean ingredients for your family.

This recipe couldn’t be easier and the flavor will have your family bursting into spontaneous applause at the table – no, really – they will!  You can also change this up to make it your own.  I used mozzarella cheese on top but you can use swiss, white cheddar, or parmesan.

Tuna Melt Mac & Cheese | Chickapea Pasta

I’m adding new Mac & Cheese recipes to the Chickapea website all the time.  You’ll want to check out the:
  • Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese | Chickapea Pasta

  • Mac & Cheese with Spinach, Feta and Roasted Tomatoes

Mac & Cheese with Spinach, Feta and Fire Roasted Tomatoes

What are you doing to your Mac & Cheese?  Do you like it all by itself?  Delicious!  Or do you tend to add ingredients to stretch out your family dinners and dollars?  Show us what you’re up to on Instagram by hashtagging #chickapeapasta and @chickapeapasta to we can share your creations with our readers!

5 from 6 votes
Tuna Melt Mack & Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Tuna Melt Mac & Cheese using chickpea lentil pasta delivers a healthy version of a long-time family favorite.  This nutritious dinner will not only be quick and easy; it's also perfect for saving those extra food dollars each month.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 424 kcal
Author: Robyn Gleason | Simply Fresh Dinners
  • 12 ounces Chickapea Mac & Cheese
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 can tuna
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • fresh parsley, chopped, small handful
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F

  2. Combine tuna, green onions and celery in a bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cook Mac & Cheese according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot. Add tuna mixture and stir to combine well.
  4. In a medium sized casserole dish, pour mixture and top with sliced tomatoes and cheese.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, turning to Broil setting for an additional 3 minutes at the end.  Top with parsley if desired and serve.

Recipe Notes

Bell peppers would be a good addition to this.

I recommend using green onions for the recipe but I didn't have any at he time so I used sweet onion the first time I made it. Both equally delicious.

Swiss or Parmesan cheese would be a good alternative cheese topping.

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Melt Mack & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 901mg 38%
Potassium 454mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 14.9%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 21.4%
Iron 14.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Use chickpea lentil pasta for a healthy alternative of a family favorite.
  • Kristen
    Posted at 14:50h, 23 January Reply

    This is such a great recipe! Love a healthy one pot meal for my family!

  • nocrumbsleft
    Posted at 13:56h, 11 January Reply

    I love this idea! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Sarah | Well and Full
    Posted at 13:10h, 11 January Reply

    I love the combination of cooked and fresh elements in this mac and cheese!!

  • Regina
    Posted at 01:44h, 11 January Reply

    I have such fond memories of a cheesy tuna pasta casserole that a friend brought over to our house when I just had a baby. I just may have to recreate it this way!

  • Izzy @ She Likes Food
    Posted at 22:38h, 10 January Reply

    I love this take on a tuna melt! So creative and delicious looking!

  • Tania
    Posted at 16:39h, 10 January Reply

    Love the Chickapea’s Mac & Cheese! I bet this would be a hit in my family, Thanks for a wonderful recipe, Robyn!

  • Mahy
    Posted at 12:47h, 10 January Reply

    I am LOVING this recipe!! It’s one of those dream combos come true!! Brilliant Robyn 🙂 I can’t wait to try this!!

  • Jenn Peas and Crayons
    Posted at 11:57h, 10 January Reply

    This looks SO SO SO delicious and I can’t wait to get a big bowlful in my face ASAP! Love that it uses lentil-chickpea pasta instead of the conventional stuff – such a great pasta! Can’t wait for the buffalo mac peppers!

  • marcie
    Posted at 11:44h, 10 January Reply

    This is such a brilliant way to use your mac ‘n cheese which I can’t wait to try! We love tuna melts and this is such a fun way to change it up!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 12:14h, 10 January Reply

      Us too! And we LOVE that we gluten-free people can enjoy this with a punch of nutrients! Totally going to be on the “TO-MAKE” list!

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