Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lickety-Split Tuna Casserole

As a child growing up, certain dishes sounded repulsive to my undeveloped ears.  The word "cheesecake" would evoke images of melted cheddar cheese oozing over the side of a pie crust.  Not nice!  It took me until I was married to be courageous enough to try it, and I immediately felt like I had been missing out my whole life.  Another dish, "tuna casserole" sounded repugnant until I tried it.   Creamy, hearty, and really delicious.  Thank goodness the palate develops with maturity!  This recipe is super quick and easy; perfect if you are observing lent, and this dish is stick-to-your-ribs fare that will have your family begging for more.

Ingredient List:

Two boxes of instant parmesan noodles
One twelve ounce can of all-white albacore tuna (in water, NEVER oil)
Approximately two cups frozen sweet or snow peas
3/4 cup milk, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
Two tablespoons butter
One cup crushed saltine crackers or croutons
1 cup grated Parmesan, divided
Fresh cracked black pepper

Open tuna, drain.  Set aside.  Cook noodles according to package directions.  Add frozen peas, tuna, and 1/4 cup of milk to pan and cook until peas are heated.  In a large casserole, combine 1/2 cup Parmesan, butter, salt, remaining milk, and noodle mixture.  Mix altogether.  

When I cook, I like things fast and uncomplicated...likely due to the fact that I am feeding seven!  To top this casserole, panko is a lovely idea.  However, if you don't have it on-hand, saltines or crushed croutons work amazingly well.

Sprinkle your crushed crackers over the casserole along with the remaining grated Parmesan.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10-20 mins or until crust is golden brown and casserole underneath is bubbly.  

Serve with freshly cracked pepper!  Enjoy!

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  1. I make a tuna bake very similar and like you turned my nose up whenever my Mum opened a can of tuna at home for dinner, come to think of it my partner still does now! But this casserole is creamy and tasty and delicious :)

    1. Lol, sometimes, there's just no convincing someone! My hubs refuses to try meatloaf, no matter who cooks it! Thank you for stopping in!

  2. Tuna casserole is my favorite! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things! XO