Tuna Surprise

Did you ever have the “tuna surprise” as a school lunch option?

I remember seeing it on the menu, but I definitely never picked it to eat. I wasn’t a big tuna fan growing up, and I don’t remember my mom ever making tuna casserole for us, either. So it’ always surprising to me when I put together tuna meals!

This one turned out great.


While some whole wheat pasta was boiling, I cooked up the rest.

  • diced zucchini
  • 2 cups diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 can artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups broth
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cans albacore tuna, drained

After sauteeing the veggies, I added in the flour and let it cook together for a minute. Then I just poured in the broth, brought it to a boil, and let it simmer/thicken for 5 minutes.

Stir in the mustard, tomato paste, seasonings, tuna and pasta and toss to combine.


I love the mediterranean flavors with tuna!


I’ve got a special breakfast planned for tomorrow :)


Any guesses?



  1. Hmmm, could it be biscuits?!?!

  2. Tuna’s one of those things I don’t eat alot because I always forget how good it is until I taste it in a dish randomly.

    I bet your breakfast is gonna be PANCAKES! Am i close??

  3. i just caught up on your posts, and the first thing i have to say is: CONGRATULATIONS! i am so happy that you are pursuing your dream of writing and getting that featured in the magazine is simply amazing. it really is. i am so very happy for you!!!!

    your eats looks amaze as always. as much as i hate to admit it, i LOVE tuna casserole. it’s so midwestern, but so delicious and this dish reminds me exactly of that!

    happy day to you!

  4. does it start with S and end in ourdough pancakes?

    your surprise looks good!

  5. I think tuna is underrated, so I’m so glad you used it in this recipe! Looks wonderful.

  6. im saying pancakes or waffles.. emphasis on pancakes tho :)

    hehe the tuna popped out for a SURPRISE :) hence, tuna surprise.. lol. no really tho, its quite scrumptious looking all plated up :)


  7. This is tuna casserole AMPLIFIED. Way better than any crappy school lunch version! I love that you remade a classic. So good!

  8. Looks awesome, but I would leave out the tuna, I am not a fan LOL!! I think it’s because it was cheap and my Mom made it for us all the time as kids, I just can’t eat it now.


  9. I actually never had tuna casserole up until last year..I guess it was really a staple with all of my friends growing up..this version sounds good!

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