Posted on | September 20, 2007 | 3 Comments
This mix reminded me of a hot dish my mom used to make my family when I was growing up. I think it was called tuna noodle casserole. Now, I don’t believe it was a favorite of mine, but it was a good meal after homework and playing soccer during the school year. I saw this Mrs. Leepers Creamy Tuna Pasta & Sauce Mix discounted at my local grocery store for a mere $1.39 ( usually $2.79) and thought it would make for a quick meal on a busy day. I also knew I would be eating it on my own, since my husband and kids can’t stand tuna fish in any form. I hoped it was at least edible. You don’t know until you try, right?
This mix is super easy to prepare, and resembles the traditional “Tuna Helper” boxed meals. Just add 6 ounces of tuna ( I used the tuna in the foil pouch), water, milk, and butter. From start to finish it takes about 15 minutes, just as the packaging proclaims on the front. Perfect. I like it already!
I found this mix to have a simple, uncomplicated flavor. The sauce is a thin cream sauce that tastes fairly bland, and allows for the tuna flavor to really shine through. I did not notice a processed aftertaste or excessive saltiness, as the case may be with some dinner mixes. The noodles are a mini lasagna shape made of corn. I was actually surprised at how decent these noodles were! They hold their shape well with no mushiness and grip the sauce in the rippled nooks and crannies.
I would suggest purchasing this mix only if you really like tuna, since the sauce and pasta tastes so mild , the tuna flavor really shows through strong.
Overall, the mix was just “OK.” Definitely edible and might be a good last minute alternative for a hot meal. I would strongly suggest adding extra seasoning and maybe some celery, green beans, peas, mushrooms, or topped with fresh tomato to complete the meal.
PROS: decent noodles, quick prep time, great base for a good meal
CONS: the mix itself is quite mild and bland, add veggies or extra seasoning to complete
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Where Can I Buy This Mix?
Ingredients:Corn Pasta (Organic Corn Flour), Creamy Tuna Seasoning: Cream, Corn Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Vitamin A Palmitate, Soybean Oil, Sodium Phosphate, Dried Parsley, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Spice, Turmeric Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate
Also check out my reviews for the following Mrs. Leeper’s gluten free meal mixes: