Tuna Casserole is somewhat of a comfort food. But what about meat eaters turned vegetarian? This plant based Vegetarian Mock Tuna Casserole is delicious!
Vegetarian Tuna Noodle Casserole
This vegetarian tuna casserole is a remake of an old recipe on our site. Years ago we made Un Tuna Casserole and posted about it. While it was delicious, we shared a blurry and over exposed picture of it.
Times are changing. We are better photographers (still lots of room to improve) and we tweaked the recipe a bit...so we are going to republish! Updates are always a good thing!
I made my recipe using dairy products BUT you can easily make it vegan. I have done that in the past as well. I used dairy milk but you could use a dairy alternative such almond milk.
I also used fresh English peas but you are welcome to use frozen peas. For the gluten-free pasta, I used a chickpea based pasta for some extra protein and more earthy flavor!
How to make vegetarian tuna casserole:
Melted butter and saute onions until soft.
Add milk and warm.
Slowly add in flour to thicken. Whisk until smooth.
Combine remaining ingredients. Stir to coat.
Bake at 350 Degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until warm and most of the liquid is absorbed.
My sweet friend Margaret over at MI Gluten Free Gal made this recipe with some genius adaptations. She added some potato chips on the top and pickle juice to the dish. YUM! I had previously been adding salt and pepper but she takes it up a notch!
She's one smart cookie! Be sure to check out her site and all the fun things she is up to! She always keeps up to date with the latest and the greatest in this gluten-free world. Margaret shares about all things gluten-free in Michigan as well!
Want to make a vegan tuna noodle casserole? We have got that covered too! This recipe has simple enough ingredients that you can easily sub out/in what you need. You can score a delicious tasting vegan cheese, vegan butter and vegan milk to make this recipe for vegan friendly.
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Vegetarian Mock Tuna Casserole
- 2 T butter
- ½ c onion diced
- ¼ c gluten free all purpose flour
- 3½ cups milk
- salt and peppers to season
- 1½ cup peas
- 1½ cup garbanzo beans cooked
- 2 cups cheese
- 1 8oz box gluten free pasta cooked
- Melted butter and saute onions until soft.
- Add milk and warm.
- Slowly add in flour to thicken. Whisk until smooth.
- Combine remaining ingredients. Stir to coat.
- Bake at 350 Degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until warm and most of the liquid is absorbed.
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I got a comment on our YouTube channel from a subscriber who suggested that they might shred the chickpeas in a food processor to give it more of a tuna texture. Wanted to share that, if you are a texture person!
Let's talk! Leave me a comment telling me your FAVORITE comfort food dish! What do you love? Have you ever taken a traditional meat dish and turned it vegetarian? What was it?
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I love tuna casserole--it's such a staple from growing up. This looks creamy and comforting!
Thank you Megan! Such a comforting staple from childhood!
Prepared this today it is delicious
Will be making again
Fantastic, De Dee! Glad you liked it! Did you add any potato chips on top? I have heard that is a good addition from other readers 🙂
Wow, this looks so creamy and delicious! Love that it's so adaptable to be vegan.
Yes, super adaptable!
Made this for dinner and it tasted amazing! Bursting with flavor and I actually grabbed seconds (haven’t done that in forever!) so I’m definitely making this again soon
So glad that you loved it!
I will always love this recipe. I can’t get enough of it n
Thank you! It is a favorite around here too!
Can you just move in with me? HA! All your recipes are divine!!!
ha! Sure! 🙂
I always love to make casseroles for weekend dinners! I should try your recipe soon!
Thanks for stopping by!
What cheese did you use?
You can use a white cheddar or mozz 🙂
Oh Thank you so much!
You are very welcome 🙂