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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Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
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

Step-By-Step

1When 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.

2In 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.

3In 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.

4Drain noodle when done to desired state. Drizzle on 1 tablespoon of EVOO or 3 pats of butter, and stir well gently.

5Lightly oil your baking dish or pan. I used a 9"by 13" glass cake dish. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

6Add Noodles, Veggies and Tuna to dish and stir well.
Add the Cheese and Milk mixture and stir and combine gently.

7I top with 1/3 cup Panko Plain Bread Crumbs and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

8Bake 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).

9Serve 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.

10Note: 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