Just Another Tuna Casserole -- Not

Gary Hancq

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Now and then I get a hunger for just such fare. I figured I'd do it up a little different this time around.

Note: Betty Graves' Tuna and Noodle Casserole inspired this one. I'll try hers next.

The Cream Cheese, Mixed Veggies and Grated Italian 6 Cheeses and Shredded Parmesan did the trick.

It was a hit. I noted various brands used, as I often do. That way I can duplicate it to a tee.

The noodle selection was excellent and I have used them for Beef Tips and Noodles, for my Salmon Noodle Soup and for Chicken Soup. For soups I crumple them slightly before cooking to make them more suited to the spoon when serving soup.

Happy Cooking.


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Serves:

A good 10 to 12 moderate servings

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 pkg
12 0z. wide noodles (kalona noodles- old fashined amish country)
1 pkg
6.4 oz. tuna in water (vacuum sealed - our family, foil pack)
1 1/2 c
frozen steamy veggies -- (jewel)
3 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil, divided (or any oil)
1/2 tsp
salt

THE SAUCE

1 pkg
8 oz. philly cream cheese
2/3 c
shredded italian 6 cheese
2/3 c
shredded parmesan cheese
1 c
milk

OPTIONAL

1/3 c
panko crisp bread crumbs to top
1 Tbsp
evoo drizzled on top

Directions Step-By-Step

1
When water is at a simmer add 1 teaspoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook noodles per package directions. I boiled for about 10 minutes, after water came to a boil. Note: Salt will pit Stainless Steel Cookware if added before water comes to a boil.
2
In a small bowl microwave the 1 1/2 cups of mixed veggies (mine were Broccoli, Onion, Mushroom and Sweet Red Peppers mix), with one pat butter. They worked excellently.
3
In medium bowl add 8 oz. Cream Cheese, and 1/2 cup of the milk. Microwave 2/12 minutes, then stir well. Cream cheese should be melted quite well if not microwave a little more. Add the 2/3 cups of Shredded 6 Cheese Italian and 2/3 cups Shredded Parmesan and stir to melt shredded cheese. When melted add the other 1/2 cup of milk and mix well.
4
Drain noodle when done to desired state. Drizzle on 1 tablespoon of EVOO or 3 pats of butter, and stir well gently.
5
Lightly oil your baking dish or pan. I used a 9"by 13" glass cake dish. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
6
Add Noodles, Veggies and Tuna to dish and stir well.
Add the Cheese and Milk mixture and stir and combine gently.
7
I top with 1/3 cup Panko Plain Bread Crumbs and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
8
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. You could cover with foil, (I chose not to. Noodles did not dry out or over cook on top).
9
Serve with a side or salad and some great French or Italian Bread. Enjoy. This will hold up to an additional bit of milk to moistene when reheating leftovers.
10
Note: Kalona Noodles is the brand name. In a cellophane bag. An excellent noodle.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #tuna, #Casserole, #Noodles