An interesting addition to classic tuna macaroni and cheese

United States
August 6, 2007 8:26pm CST
Awhile back I was preparing classic tuna mac and cheese. And, for some reason, the dish seemed bland and boring. So, I started searching around in the cabinet for something interesting that could be added. That's when I stumbled across my secret ingredient. For years, I have heard other women talking about their famous secret ingredient, and until now, I have never had one of my own. But, this secret ingredient beats them all! Or, at least my family thought it did. Add one to two tablespoons collard greens to cooked tuna mac and cheese. Just be sure to use canned collard greens, with added jalepenos or spices. Otherwise you won't get the same results. You would think that it would make the tuna mac taste really bad, but it didn't. For some reason, the collard greens took the dish from plain Jane to really sophisticated without much extra effort at all. It was so good, that I made the dish three nights in a row! When I find something I like, I tend to make lots of it. And, my spouse, who doesn't ordinarily like to eat green vegetables ate two entire bowls! Now that's an accomplishment worth bragging about. Just wanted to pass this tip along, just in case you would like to use it. (Also, I used lots of dried onion spice, garlic powder and American cheese in my tuna mac). Let me know if you try it out. I'd love to hear what your family thinks of it.
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@AmbiePam (46892)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I've never heard of tuna macaroni and cheese. That's a new one for me. Maybe I should make that first, then after I get used to it, try the collard greens. Because I've never had them either! LOL
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• United States
7 Aug 07
It's just the simplest recipe, but there's lots of room for variations. Most times I use the kind of mac and cheese that has the squeeze cheese packet, versus the powder cheese. That's just my personal preference. Canned tuna is much cheaper than hamburger so we use it in our house more often than beef. And, if you prefer, you could use canned salmon for a more sophisticated taste. Let me know how it works out. P.S. You've never heard of collard greens? That's OK! Most people outside of the south have never heard of collard greens or grits either, for that matter. Happy to pass some home cooking tips along.
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@AmbiePam (46892)
• United States
7 Aug 07
Oh no, I've heard of collard greens. My dad said his mom used to make them all the time for him and his siblings. I've just never eaten them. But now I'm really eager to try the tuna and macaroni!
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• United States
7 Aug 07
You know, I used to hate canned collard greens, until I got pregnant almost five years ago. And, then I had to eat them everyday. How strange is that? Cravings for collard greens. Have you ever heard of such a thing. Most days I don't like to eat them, but for some reason they make tuna mac and cheese taste so much better. One of the things that I did was use the collard greens spiced with jalepeno peppers and then add a tablespoon of the juice from the can to the finished dish and stir well. That will make everything taste really good. Like I said before, tuna mac and cheese is the simplest dish to make. At least the way I make it is. Just make mac and cheese (stovetop) and then add the drained canned tuna. I've always used two to three cans per dish, but you can use as much or little as you want. Just one can always seems skimpy to me. You might add chopped or diced onions and cook with the dish if you really like them. I will have to try that variation next time. Best of luck with the dish. It was a winner for us. Can't wait to hear what you think.
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
7 Aug 07
OK—I have never made tuna~mac~cheese- I have had macaroni and cheese- or tuna noodles- but never mixed together- What do you do- make a box of mac and cheese and add tuna? Please fill me in- It sounds yummy- I don’t like collard greens though- I’m always looking for great side dishes- the normal potatoes or rice dishes get boring after a while-
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I am the same way ~ tuna and noodles-yum, yum! ~ mac and cheese-oh, yeah!! But together, I wouldn't have thought about.
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I would never in a million years have thought of doing that. But I have to say that it sounds very interesting. I don't like tuna in warm dishes usually but this is interesting enough to give it a try. My whole family will love this idea. I am coping it to all of them as soon I as finish typing this. Thanks for sharing.
@irishmist (3843)
• United States
7 Aug 07
Sounds really good! We love mac & cheese. Also we like collard greens! So it sounds like a great combo. an't wait to try it!
@jolenegreen (1209)
• United States
7 Aug 07
My family wont eat canned collered Greens for some reason, LOL. They dont like any of the greens in a can actually. Sounds good though
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
7 Aug 07
That sounds interesting, I don't really care for collars greens, I guess I should try it though, you never know unless you try it,right? My daughter likes to add either diced tomatoes or tomato sauce (canned of course) to mac and cheese. My mom used to do this for us when we were kids and she passed it on to my daughter. You could do this with or without the tuna.