After some really bad few days that I had over the weekend I really needed some good hot comfort food. Of course macaroni and cheese is at the top of the list for comfort food, along with white chili, and seeing as we made white chili about two weeks ago it was time fore the mac. Also, while in Ireland I had a couple of tuna melts and fell in love and I had a partial craving for tuna also. Of course you can put tuna in mac and cheese and so I did that. Also I used my cast iron skillet, which made it a whole lot more comforting.
To start you should boil some water and salt it, then throw a couple cups of elbow mac in and let it cook to al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, defrost about a cup of peas, or clean the fresh ones and set them aside. Also, get your tuna out of it’s pouch or can and fluff it a little bit with a fork. The next step you cannot skip so read carefully…
Give a small piece of tuna to each cat in the house and watch them be so happy about fish out of a can/pouch.
Now, once the pasta is going and your fish and peas are ready, start to cheese sauce thing. Melt a couple of table spoons of butter in a skillet and add the same amount of flour. Whisk it into a nice little roux and cook it until it smells nutty. Then add half a cup of milk to the roux and two ounces of cream cheese, whisk this until the cream cheese is melted and then add another half cup of milk.
From here you should probable let it cook for a couple minutes so that it thickens up, but it won’t need much time.
Now add your cheese, about a cup to a cup and a half, and stir it until it melts. Add the tuna now.
Drain your pasta if you haven’t already, and pour it into the cheese sauce, and mix it all together. Finally add the peas.
Top with some bread crumbs and shredded cheese and pop it into the oven at 375 for 10 minutes, turning the broiler on for a minute after and letting the top just slightly brown.
Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few moments, then serve.
Enjoy on a dark rainy day, when it has rained for like 30 hours straight, and you really don’t remember what the sun looks like. Share it with your loved ones, but not your cats because they don’t deserve people food because they scratch at the bedroom doors at night to get attention.