#FishFridayFoodies ~ Easy Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole


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Stacy from Food Lust People Love invited us to make a dish with tuna (any type). I have a go-to Tuna and Noodles recipe I have been using for many years, but it's your typical cream soup version. I thought it would be great to try one that incorporated a scratch sauce and see what the difference really was!

The cream sauce was much more delicate in flavor, and I loved the addition of the herbs. It was definitely more "grown up" compared to what we grew up with. I loved the crunchy topping as well! You can mix and match the veggies to use what you have on hand, and to your taste preference. If you don't like peas, how about some broccoli, cauliflower, or some carrots?

Check out all of our "tuna" recipes that we're sharing with you this month:


Easy Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole adapted from An Italian in My Kitchen

Ingredients
7 ounces dried noodles (I used penne)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen peas
4-oz can mushrooms
2 cans tuna (2 x 6 1/2 ounce / 2 x 184 grams, drained and flaked)

Sauce
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon oregano
3/4 teaspoon basil
dash of thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups milk (I use 2%)

Topping
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter melted

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook your pasta to al-dente per package instructions (about 8-10 minutes). Add the frozen peas to the cooking noodles during the last 2 minutes of boiling. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet and whisk the flour into it. Slowly whisk in the milk, whisking mixture until smooth. 
  4. Season with the oregano, basil, thyme, and salt.
  5. Allow sauce to come to a simmer and thicken a little. Add the prepared pasta and peas, along with the parmesan, drained tuna, and drained mushrooms. Stir to combine and then pour mixture into your prepared baking dish.
  6. Taste, and adjust seasonings if desired (additional salt, add some pepper, more parmesan etc.)
  7. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and fresh bread crumbs until crumbs are well coated. Distribute crumb topping over the entire casserole dish and bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes until topping is crunchy and casserole is bubbly and heated through.
  8. Let rest a few minutes before serving.


Comments

  1. This was one of my go-to meals in college when money was scarce at the end of the month, but I'll be honest, it was no sacrifice. I adore cream tuna noodle casserole. Yours looks wonderful, Rebekah!

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  2. This does look so creamy! When my kids were little, I made tuna noodle casserole every week. Now I miss it!

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  3. I love tuna noodle casserole and I miss it because the hubby doesn't care for it. I think I have only made it once or twice in the last 30 years but when my kids were small it was one of our favorite meals.

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  4. What a perfect meal this casserole, delicious!

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  5. Looks such a comforting meal!

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