This post contains affiliate links. Before we knew we had food intolerances, I loved Tuna Noodle Casserole. I gave it up when I, and then the whole family, went gluten and dairy free. However, I just missed this meal too much. I went to work in the kitchen and came up with this yummy Gluten Free Dairy Free Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe.
The whole family loves it! As an extra bonus, it’s a fairly inexpensive meal, which, as you likely know, is not the case for most gluten free, dairy free meals.
Just an FYI, if you have a growing family like we do with teens and preteens that are ravenous, you may want to double this recipe. I double it now every time I make it, and our family of 5 usually eats all of the doubled recipe. Leftovers now are a thing of the past.
How to Keep the Cost Low
Buying allergen-friendly food can be expensive! I keep the cost low for this recipe in a few different ways.
Trader Joe’s is my place to go for brown rice pasta as it’s only $1.99 per 16 ounce bag. I also buy my mayonnaise there as I find it’s cleaner than other types of mayonnaise.
We get tuna in bulk at Costco. It runs about a dollar a can, and the ingredients are clean.
I try to get my Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 flour at Big Lots or VitaCost, but you can also buy it at Amazon.
More Low Cost Gluten Free Dairy Free Recipes
If you’re interested in another delicious, low cost gluten free dairy free recipe, consider trying Hamburger Soup or Cheeseburger Soup.
Gluten Free Dairy Free Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe
- 2 cups brown rice pasta uncooked
- 3 TBSP expeller pressed coconut oil or olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion diced in small pieces
- 1 cup peas frozen
- 3 stalks celery diced in small pieces
- 1/4 cup brown rice or Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Flour
- 2 cups beef or chicken broth
- 1/4 cup canola oil mayo
- 1 can tuna
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Bring water to a boil and cook the pasta as directed; drain and rinse with cold water.
- Meanwhile, add 1 Tbsp. expeller pressed coconut or olive oil to a skillet over medium. Add celery and onions and cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Whisk in the rice flour and stir one minute.
- Slowly add the 2 cups beef broth, stirring to make smooth.
- Bring the sauce to a boil and stir constantly until thickened. (This took me about 10 minutes.)
- Turn off the heat on the sauce, add the mayo, salt and pepper and stir until blended.
- Stir in the celery, onion and peas as well as the tuna.
- Add back in the drained pasta and fold together until saucy.
- Spray a 8 x 8 inch casserole pan and spread the noodle/sauce mixture in there.
- Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy!
If you thought comfort food was a thing of the past, I hope this gluten free dairy free Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe has convinced you that you can enjoy comforting favorites with a few modifications.
Susan Godfrey says
This sounds really good! We’ve recently started a grain free diet for the next 4 weeks and then transitioning over to gluten free. My kids love tuna noodle casserole, so I will have to give this a try once we’re eating grains again. It sounds great! I’d love to invite you to come by and share this blog post on my blog hop, Get Real Frugal Friday! http://realfoodrealfrugal.com/2013/01/18/get-real-frugal-friday-blog-hop-2/
Kay Lynn says
I just made tuna noodle casserole earlier this week. I have never seen a recipe that didn’t use canned, cream soup so this is very interesting. It’s probably much healthier.
Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free says
This looks nice and quick! Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday and I hope to see you back next week. Also, just a reminder that I’m giving away a copy of Primal Cuisine, a new Paleo cookbook with all gluten free recipes, so stop by to enter if you haven’t already 🙂
Thanks for hosting!
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
My husband would LOVE this! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe and any others at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we’d love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! It doesn’t mean that you have to be a gluten free bloggers. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! 🙂 Many recipes are naturally gluten free.
Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the “glutenfree bloggers” tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy 🙂
This looks really good and it is wonderful that you were able to adjust it for your family’s needs/preferences. I know a lot of people are looking for delicious gluten-free recipes these days. Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” I hope you will be able to join us again this week! 🙂
I love this recipe! It’s perfect for my ridiculous food allergies but the family loves it too. I just have one question. How much celery? I do not see it listed in the ingredients.
It needs 3 stalks celery. Thanks for catching the omission. I’ve added it to the recipe!