Wacky Mac Tuna Casserole

Diane Hopson Smith

By
@DeeDee2011

In all my years, I have never had tuna noodle casserole and truth be known, never had a big desire to even try it.

I've been studying tuna noodle casseroles for a couple of weeks now. I changed (slighty) a recipe I found on "Desserts for Two" blog, and combined ingredients that I like to come up with this recipe.

Well I've definitely changed my mind about tuna noodle casserole.

Adapted from "Desserts for Two" blog
dessertfortwo.com/...oodle-casserole


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Serves:

4 to 6

Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

SAUCE

3 Tbsp
butter
3 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1 1/2 c
milk
1/2 c
heavy cream
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
1/4 tsp
nutmeg

FILLING

1
(12-oz pkg) wacky mac noodles (sprial) cooked al dente according to directions (can use other pasta if desired)
1 Tbsp
white truffle oil (or vegetable oil of choice)
1/2 c
onion, chopped
1 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 c
celery, chopped
1/2 c
fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/2 c
green peas, frozen (i used green giant), rinsed and thawed
1 c
cheddar cheese, shredded
2
(5-oz) cans white water packed tuna, drained
1 tsp
everglades all purpose seasoning, (or season salt of choice)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c
panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp
butter, melted

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease 9 x 9 baking dish.
2
Make sauce first; melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour slowly and cook for 1-2 minutes while constantly stirring. Next, slowly pour in the milk and cream while whisking. Continue to cook over low heat until mixture thickens and comes to a bubble. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg; stir and set aside.
3
Meanwhile, boil the pasta in plenty of salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
4
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the diced onion, garlic, mushrooms and celery. Saute while stirring occasionally for about 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the peas, salt, pepper, everglade seasoning and drained tuna and remove from heat.
5
In a large bowl, combine the sauce, filling, cheese and noodles. Stir well to combine, then spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top, drizzle with the melted butter and bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbling. NOTE: I added a little salt and pepper to bread crumbs.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish, Pasta, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American