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Healthier Stovetop Tuna Noodle Casserole (Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This stovetop tuna noodle casserole is a healthier take on a comfort food classic. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be made paleo and AIP.


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  • 1 1/4 cup coconut milk (I use this)
  • 2 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 5oz cans of tuna
  • 2 cups gluten-free shell pasta (Jovial rice pasta for gluten-free, or jovial cassava pasta for paleo/AIP)
  • 12 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped


  1. Using a large bowl, stir the coconut milk, broth, and arrowroot. Set aside.
  2. Use a large, deep pot heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes or until lightly translucent. Add the broccoli and saute for another 3-4 minutes or until the broccoli is lightly soft and bright green. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the canned tuna and add to the pot. Using a wooden spoon to crumble the tuna into small chunks.
  4. Pour in the broth mixture and pasta. Stir well to combine. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, bringing the pot to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10-12 minutes, stirring often, until the pasta is cooked. When the pasta is just about done, stir the pot continuously for 1 minute to allow the sauce to reduce. See notes in the pasta needs more time to cook to your liking.
  5. Stir in nutritional yeast to taste and serve topped with parsley.


If the pasta needs more time to cook to your liking, add about 1/4 cup of broth and simmer for 2-3 more minutes until the pasta reaches your desired doneness.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 475
  • Fat: 28.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.6g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 25g

Keywords: tuna noodle casserole, tuna pasta