Mom's Jackfruit "Tuna" & Mushroom Noodle Casserole

Mom's Jackfruit "Tuna" and Mushroom Noodle Casserole

My mom use to make Tune Noodle Casserole weekly when I was a kid. It consisted of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, cans of tuna and eggs noodles. That's it. It was rich, bland and delicious. It's one of the most nostalgic dishes when I'm away from home. I decided to recreate it to make it more flavorful, to give it more depth and I made it vegan! 

Tuna Salad Ingredients:

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Jackfruit "Tuna Salad"
  • 1 Can Jackfruit
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Cube Vegetable Bouillon
  • 1 Tablespoon Seaweed Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Tarragon
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Celery Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegan Mayonaise
Open the can of Jackfruit. Strain and rinse. Pull apart the jackfruit with your hands creating a shredded effect. Add all of the ingredients, mix with your hands to make sure all the jackfruit is covered in the marinade. Marinade for at least 1 hour or over night. You can serve this cold on a sandwich like a tuna sandwich. For the tuna noodle casserole, I fry the jackfruit till slightly brown, about 7 minutes.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4
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Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 8 ounces Mushrooms (Any kind of mushroom works)
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegan Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour (GF Flour works too)
  • 2 Cups Mushroom Stock (Better Than Bouillon is an amazing brand)
  • 1 Cup Cashew Milk
  • To Taste Salt & Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mixed Herbs
  • 1 Can Butter Beans
Dice onions and garlic and vegan butter. Add to saute pan on medium heat. Cook for about 6 minutesAdd mushrooms and butter beans and all the seasonings and stir. About three minutesYou may need to add a little bit more vegan butter. Add the flour. Stir quickly to coat the ingredients. Cook for 3 minutes. Slowly add the cashew milk. 1/4 of a cup at a time and stir continuously. You may lose the thickness and shock the soup if you add the liquid too quickly. Once the milk is added, add two cups of stock and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. The soup should be creamy and thick.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4
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Assembly of Jackfruit "Tuna" and Mushroom Noodle Casserole
  • 1 Package Egg Noodles
  • 1 Cup Saltine or Ritz Crackers
After you saute the tuna, add to the cream of mushroom soup. Let cook on simmer for about 10 minutes. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add egg noodles. Undercook the noodles so they don't become too soft while the casserole bakes. I used egg noodles from our local asian supermarket. Add the soup with the "tuna" and the pasta to a cast iron pan or a baking dish.Add crushed Saltine Crackers or Ritz crackers to the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbling.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4