Keto Tuna Helper Macaroni

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  • prep time

    prep time

    5 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    15 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    20 min

Keto Tuna Helper Macaroni

It’s just like the boxed stuff you buy at the store but better! This Keto version of tuna helper macaroni tastes almost exactly like what you ate as a kid with a few small adjustments to make the recipe Keto-friendly. Your preferred brand of canned tuna is cooked in a Keto cheese sauce that is thick and creamy. Instead of boxed pasta that’s loaded with carbs, you’ll enjoy your Keto tuna helper over shirataki elbow noodles. If you can’t find macaroni-shaped shirataki noodles, don’t worry, any cut or shape will do! The recipe here is left simplified, so you can add in any additional seasonings or ingredients to your taste. However, the recipe is also delicious as is. You don’t even need to add salt because the dairy used adds enough salty flavor. Store the finished tuna help macaroni in your refrigerator for up to 5 days, and store it in portions for serving so you can easily reheat them in your microwave.

Suggested Seasonings To Add

If you want to add more flavor to your Keto tuna helper macaroni, there are many flavor combinations you can pick from. To avoid adding any more carbs to your recipe, opt for dried seasonings and spices, like onion powder, garlic powder, ground dried herbs, or paprika. You may also wish to add fresh herbs, such as basil or green onion, which shouldn’t add any additional carbs to your meal. For an extra cheesy layer, you may consider sprinkling extra cheese over the macaroni and place it under your broiler to get a crispy top.

Can I Use Fresh Tuna Instead Of Canned?

If you’d prefer to use fresh or thawed tuna from frozen, you may. You can substitute with fresh tuna by exact weight, and this choice gives you a little more creative freedom to add seasonings to your fish. For this recipe, you’ll need to cook fresh tuna to well done. If you leave it rare, the extra water in the fish will separate your cheese sauce later in the macaroni. Make sure to flake your cooked tuna into fine pieces so they’re easier to add back into the recipe.

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    2 g

  • Fiber

    0.8 g

  • Total Carbs

    2.9 g

  • Protein

    14.9 g

  • Fats

    29.1 g

327 cals

Keto Tuna Helper Macaroni

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  • Butter, unsalted

    Butter, unsalted

    3 tbsp

  • Paleo Baking Flour

    Paleo Baking Flour

    1 tbsp

  • Chicken broth

    Chicken broth

    0.5 cup

  • Cream Heavy Whipping

    Cream Heavy Whipping

    4 fl oz

  • Canned tuna

    Canned tuna

    1 can - each 5 ounce net weight

  • Shirataki Noodle

    Shirataki Noodle

    8 oz

  • Colby Jack cheese

    Colby Jack cheese

    1 cup, shredded

Recipe Steps

steps 3

20 min

  • Step 1

    In a large pan with rims or a shallow pot, melt the butter over low heat. When the butter is melted, stir in the paleo flour until the heat turns it lightly golden and froth. Next, stir in the chicken broth until the flour mixes into the broth and thickens it. Once the broth is thickened, pour in the heavy cream. Place a lid on the pan and let the sauce heat up until it’s bubbling.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Once the sauce is bubbling and has thickened a little more, drain your canned tuna completely and add it to the pan. Next, drain any water from your shirataki noodles, and rinse them a least one time under cold tap water. After the noodles are rinsed, add them to the pan as well. Gently stir the ingredients as you break up the tuna into small flaky pieces without damaging the shirataki noodles.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Let the pan continue bubbling over medium-low heat without a lid. Allow any excess moisture to extract from the tuna and noodles and then evaporate. You’ll witness your tuna helper become a little thinner and then return to its thickened state. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and add the cheese to the pan. Gently stir until all the cheese melts and finalizes the tuna helper cheese sauce. Serve hot.
    Step 3