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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quick Tasty Tuna Casserole

I made it through my multiple procedure dental appointment today!!!  Two permanent crowns seated, 1 old filling replaced, and 4 teeth with spots along the gum line that needed to be filled because they were wearing thin.  I had 3 shots of Novocain for all this, leaving my entire lower lip feeling like it didn't belong to me (of course, that eventually went away).  The appointment went quickly and smoothly, and I thank Dr. Patrick McGuire and his team for the great work they do; compassionate, sensitive, funny and most importantly excellent practitioners!

As a result of all this poking and prodding, a soft dinner meal would be best, so I decided upon Tuna Casserole.  It's also really easy to put together and tastes delicious, especially if you let the casserole sit in the dish overnight to blend the flavors (covered and in the fridge of course).

Quick Tasty Tuna Casserole

1 can solid white tuna in water
8 oz macaroni noodles, cooked al dente
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of asparagus soup
1 cup milk (I use 1/2 2% milk and 1/2 heavy cream)
1 can chopped mushrooms
1 cup frozen sweet peas
1 tbsp minced onion
Salt & Pepper to taste
Panko breadcrumbs mixed with a little thyme and butter for the topping

This is so easy to put together...
Once your macaroni is cooked and drained, break up the tuna and add it to the pot. Add the cream soups, then pour the milk mixture into each can to collect all the remains and pour that into the pot.  Add the mushrooms and peas, stir everything together.   Now add the onion, salt and pepper, mix everything well, and pour into a casserole dish.

Put the casserole into the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the sauce starts to bubble.   Top the now cooking casserole with the panko mixture and put it back into the oven for another 10 minutes or so, long enough for the topping to brown a bit.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

This can be served with a salad, or steamed vegetables (I chose steamed broccoli and roasted carrots).   Easy, soft, delicious!

The best part is you can make this casserole the day before you need it and then pop it in the oven when ready...having it sit brings all the flavors together and makes it all the better! Save putting the breadcrumbs for toasting until the day you bake it.

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Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Wish I had been there for dinner. I use to make that for the kids. The blacksmith doesn't like it! I enjoy it.

Hope the mouth recovers quickly!

Dad/Pepere said...

Tuna casseroles are not my favorite...but yours sounded really good! Hugs!

Lise said...

Doesn't seem to be a favorite of many, but it was a quick, easy, soft meal...and it did taste good, LOL!

Hugs back dad!