Saffron Tuna Casserole



Serving size

about 2 cups
60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied or divided by 2 and makes great leftovers. Multiplying this dish should be done in multiple pans.

Saffron Tuna Casserole


4 quart Water
1/4 tsp. Saffron
8 ounce Whole wheat Fusilli (or gluten-free fusilli)
2 tsp. Olive oil
1 large White onions (diced)
2 Tbsp. All purpose flour or garbanzo flour
1 cup 2% milk
2 can Canned no-salt added tuna fish in water (drained)
1 1/2 cup Frozen peas
2 ounce Parmesan cheese (grated)
1 cup Panko (or gluten-free panko crumbs)


Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Place the water in a medium saucepan over high heat.

When it boils, place the saffron threads in small bowl and top with 1 cup of the boiling water. Set the saffron aside to steep.

Add the pasta to the rest of the boiling water.

While the pasta is cooking, place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the flour and stir until well blended. Cook for about 1 minute.

Add the saffron and its steeping water. Stir well.

Add the milk and cook over medium high heat until the sauce begins to thicken.

Add the tuna and peas and toss well. Reduce the heat to low.

When the pasta is slightly underdone, drain it and add it to the skillet. Add the parmesan and toss well.

Place the mixture in a 9 inch oblong Pyrex dish.

Top with the panko crumbs and bake for 20 minutes.

Set the oven to broil and cook for about 3 minutes until the breadcrumbs are toasted.


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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta and gluten-free garbanzo flour in this dish.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

It’s amazing what you can do with canned tuna, and this recipe is no exception. This Saffron Tuna Noodle Casserole is an upscale version of the classic, with luxurious flavors and plenty of things to feel good about, including great protein, quality carbohydrates, and lots of fiber.

"Tuna fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock."

Barbara Harrison