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Tuna Casserole Stuffed Peppers

These Tuna Casserole Stuffed Peppers are the ultimate comfort food! The perfect balance of indulgent and veggie-packed. Easily gluten-free.

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These Tuna Casserole Stuffed Peppers are the perfectly cozy early fall recipe to get you excited for the season. They’re warming and a bit indulgent while still packing in plenty of veggies. These peppers are a bit of a project, but hopefully a fun project. The flavor payoff is totally worth it, trust me.

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Tuna Casserole Stuffed Pepper Key Ingredients

Bell Peppers: Try to pick well-rounded peppers that are good for stuffing.

Wide Egg Noodles: To capture the true spirit of a tuna noodle casserole. You could definitely sub gluten-free pasta if needed, though.

More Veggies: We’ve got onions, baby Bella mushrooms, celery, garlic, and peas. They’re all gonna sauté in some olive oil until softened and slightly browned.

Tuna: I usually use water-packed yellowfin, but any kind works!

Whole Milk and Cornstarch: You’ll whisk these two together before adding to the veggies to create an unfussy slurry. You could substitute a non-dairy creamer if you’d like (or canned full fat coconut milk, though I’m not generally a fan of putting coconut where it doesn’t belong). I would just be sure to use a richer milk to make sure the sauce thickens.

Parmesan and White Cheddar Cheese: You’ll fold a bit of parmesan into the cream sauce and use the rest of the cheese to make a delectable breadcrumb topping.

Butter and Breadcrumbs: To really make that crispy pepper topping to-die-for. Use gluten-free Panko if needed!

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Meal Prep Tips

You can definitely simplify this recipe by making certain elements ahead of time!

  • Make egg noodles ahead of time and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Chop all veggies ahead of time and refrigerate in an airtight container for a couple days. Honestly, you could even go ahead and sauté the veggies before storing them if you wanted to.
  • Grate your cheese (if not buying pre-shredded) and store in the fridge for up to a week or so.

That being said, I do recommend that you roast the peppers, make the cream sauce, and assemble the breadcrumb topping just before you plan to eat. That will provide optimum freshness and flavor.

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If you make these Tuna Casserole Stuffed Peppers, I hope you find them cozy and comforting! Feel free to leave a rating, review, question, or concern. I’m always happy to chat or answer any questions! You can also find me on Pinterest, Instagram, and TikTok.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole Stuffed Peppers

These Tuna Casserole Stuffed Peppers are the ultimate comfort food! The perfect balance of indulgent and veggie-packed. Easily gluten-free.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • large cutting board
  • Chef's Knife
  • Baking Sheet
  • large skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinches of sea salt and pepper

For the Filling

  • 2 cups cooked wide egg noodles (sub gluten-free pasta if needed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms diced
  • 2 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ tsp sea salt plus more for egg noodles
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 5-oz cans tuna drained
  • cups whole milk (or dairy-free creamer)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated

For the Breadcrumb Topping

  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Wash and cut bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Use clean hands to rub a tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper all over the bell peppers. Place them cut side up on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bottoms of peppers are slightly charred.
  • Meanwhile, make egg noodles according to to package directions (be sure to use well-salted water!).
  • While the peppers are baking and the egg noodles are boiling, heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add onion, mushrooms, celery, peas, garlic, ½ teaspoon of salt, and black pepper and sauté for 8-10 minutes, or until veggies have softened and brightened in color.
  • Lower heat to medium. Add milk and cornstarch to a bowl or glass measuring cup and whisk until well-combined. Add this mixture to the frying pan and simmer 1-2 more minutes, or until things thicken up a bit.
  • Finally, fold in ¼ cup of parmesan cheese until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked egg noodles and tuna, breaking up the tuna as needed with a wooden spoon until evenly distributed.
  • Remove peppers from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to cool before carefully emptying each pepper of any excess water. Leave oven on to put peppers back in shortly.
  • While peppers are cooling slightly, quickly toss breadcrumbs with melted butter, then add remaining ¼ cup parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese and give everything a mix until distributed.
  • Stuff peppers with the egg noodle and veggie mixture and top with cheesy breadcrumb topping. Put back in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
To make gluten-free: Use gluten-free pasta and panko breadcrumbs.
Keyword bell peppers, gluten free, pescatarian, stuffed peppers, tuna, tuna casserole, tuna noodle casserole

Photography by Hope Agresti

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