Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuna Casserole-two ways

We love Tuna Casserole, and have two ways of doing it. One way is the "oh-crap-what-am-I-going-to-make-for-dinner?" way. The other way is the "I-love-to-cook-let's-do-something-great" way. Here are both:

Tuna (oh crap, dinner!) Casserole
1 12 oz package egg noodles (or whatever pasta falls out of your pantry)
2 cans cream of chicken (or celery or mushroom) soup
2 cans of tuna
1 can (use the soup can) of milk
grated cheese (again, whatever you have. my faves are cheddar or parmesan)

Cook the pasta, stir in soup, milk, and cheese. Stir in tuna last. If you're in a huge hurry, heat and eat. If you have 20 more minutes, sprinkle something on the top (crushed potato chips, crackers, or french fried onions) and put in a 350 oven for however long you have. Then eat it.

Tuna (let's do this right) Casserole

Start a large saucepan of water with 1 Tb salt to boil. When it's boiling, add 12 oz dry egg noodles or other pasta. While the pasta is cooking, melt 2 Tbs of butter in a frying pan, add 1/2 C. chopped celery, 1/2 C. chopped onion and saute til translucent. Stir in 2 Tbs of flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 2 tsp chicken bouillion.
Quickly whisk in 2 C. milk. Stir til thick and bubbly. Add 1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese and 1 tsp dillweed. Stir in 2 cans of drained tuna. Drain the pasta and add it to the tuna. Stir gently and pour into greased casserole (9x13). Melt 2 Tbs butter and pour over 1 C. of dry seasoned bread crumbs ( I like Mrs Cubbisons) stir and spread over the tuna casserole. Sprinkle 3 or 4 Tbs Parmesan cheese over the bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

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