A comfort dish from my childhood re-worked to have no wheat, dairy, soy or eggs; with a yummy, crunchy topping thanks to Lays Potato Chips.
I know, I know…topping a dinner with potato chips won’t win me healthiest mom of the year award, but I’m all about moderation. Since my children can’t have dino-shaped chicken nuggets or hamburgers due to their food allergies I splurge in other ways here and there.
Not that I have to make it any more appealing than telling them it has their beloved potato chip on top, but my boys love what they call “curly noodles” and so any dish that contains this is sure to be a hit. I love that I can hide some mushrooms in it because they almost look like tuna to the untrained child eye.
Enjoy this warm casserole on any cold winter night to turn a regular night into a comforting evening.
- 3 cups of brown rice rotini, cooked al dente
- 2 cans of tuna, drained well
- Olive oil
- 1 package of mushrooms, chopped
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1½ cups chicken broth, (vegetable broth works fine too)
- ¾ teaspoon marjoram
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper (we omitted this, due to allergies)
- ½ teaspoon salt (or more, taste to test)
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- 1½ cups original rice milk, divided
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Boil rotini in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- Saute onions and mushrooms in a little olive oil over medium heat until soft. Pour those along with the drained tuna, drained pasta and peas into a mixing bowl.
- Meanwhile, bring broth and spices and half of the rice milk to a boil. Once boiling, make a slurry of the remaining milk and cornstarch. Stir well and then pour into the boiling mixture. Boil for 1 minute to thicken.
- Pour the sauce over the noodles and vegetables and stir to incorporate.
- Pour entire mixture into a greased 13x9 pan. Top with crushed Lays Potato Chips to desired amount (I use 4-5 large handfuls and crush them as I go).
- Bake 10-15 minutes until the chips are browned and the mixture is bubbly. Serve immediately.
*Also, I've tried this using soy milk and it did not taste as well as rice milk since the rice milk has a much blander taste.
*This is unsponsored love and is not affiliated with Lays. Sauce adapted from Tone and Tighten