Milkless Monday: Dairy-free Tuna Noodle Casserole

While I’m not a fan of fake cheese products, I’m fine with cheese-like sauces that are comprised of all-natural ingredients. This recipe uses a combination of cashews, potatoes, carrots, onions, and oil to make a surprisingly savory and creamy cheese-sauce approximation. Tuna noodle casserole is a classic American comfort food, and those who can’t have dairy shouldn’t have to miss out!

dairy-free tuna noodle casserole

Dairy-free Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 50 minutes
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Sauce adapted from Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food

Ingredients

8 ounces egg noodles
6 ounces canned tuna, drained
1 cup peas
1/4 cup diced pimentos
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
2 teaspoons olive oil

Sauce
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced
1/2 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1/3 cup onion, diced
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup raw cashews
1 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 2-quart casserole dish.

2. Prepare egg noodles according to directions on package. Set aside.

3. While noodles are cooking, dice and combine potato, carrot, and onion in a small saucepan. Add water and bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.

4. Combine 1/3 cup vegetable oil and cashews in a blender. Blend until completely smooth. Add salt, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, pepper, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. Carefully transfer cooked vegetables and their cooking water to blender. Blend until smooth.

5. Mix sauce with cooked pasta. Stir in drained tuna, peas, and pimentos. Pour into casserole dish.

6. In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Scatter over pasta.

7. Bake for 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbling.

dairy-free tuna noodle casserole

5 Comments on Milkless Monday: Dairy-free Tuna Noodle Casserole

  1. cake lover
    August 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks like something I will definitely try, but where do you find 6 oz. cans of tuna? All the ones I’ve seen have shrunk to 5 oz!

    Reply
    • CakePants
      August 26, 2013 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

      The ones I have (StarKist) are actually 7 ounces! I think I got them at Costco. That’s one of my cooking pet peeves – when manufacturers adjust the amount of product rather than adjusting the price. Sneaky!

      Reply
  2. Kellie
    September 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Is the sauce in this one similar to the Mac and Cheeze recipe that we made you try at Christmastime?

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    • CakePants
      September 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Yup, the same one! It’s quite versatile :)

      Reply
  3. aiming4simple
    September 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait to try this! Maybe with salmon. Looks delicious!

    Reply

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