Named for the sound it makes when you slap a big spoonful on your plate, this is the perfect one-pan meal for a college student who’s tired of eating Ramen noodles every night. If you aren’t a college student, you can add a salad.
One box macaroni and cheese dinner
Milk and butter, per package directions
One can tuna (water-packed)
1-2 c. frozen mixed vegetables
Cook the macaroni in a pan of boiling water, and throw the veggies into the cooking water with the macaroni. When the pasta is al dente, drain into a colander in the sink (clean out the sink, first, duh). Melt 1/2 stick butter or margarine, and stir in the cheese packet from the mac’n’cheese box to make a nice roux. Slowly stir in some milk to make the sauce. Add the can of tuna (you don’t have to drain it unless you want to), and stir in the macaroni and veggies. If it seems a little thick, splash in a little more milk, and stir until all ingredients are well blended and the sauce is bubbly – about 30 seconds. Add pepper to taste. Eat.
True story: MONTHS after returning home from college, our son got a text message from his former roommate. “Dude. When do you add the tuna to the glop?” Our son replied with the necessary information, to which his roommate responded, “Lovely.” That kid now works for Ernst and Young. Our son now works for Wells Fargo. They both still eat tuna glop, I’m pretty sure.