This Summer, DD has been helping out around the house and learning how to cook. Last night, she made her first tuna casserole (sometimes known as “hot dish”). Let me tell you, it was delicious!
Only a small can of tuna,
Mushroom soup, celery and peas,
Mixed with a
quart of egg noodles,
Sprinkled with chips and with cheese . . .
Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion
Tuna casserole is one of the world’s greatest comfort foods. It’s universal. My mother and grandmother are the only people I’ve ever heard of that didn’t eat the stuff. Everyone has their own opinion about it. Everyone has their own recipe for it. At the Iowa State Fair, they could probably pick the best republican presidential candidate by having each candidate get up on the Soap Box and expound upon how he/she makes tuna casserole. It’s also convenient to cook out of your food storage or pantry.
So, this is my recipe.
|Eleanor’s Tuna Casserole||
- 1 6.4 ounce pouch of Chunk Light Tuna in water (e.g., Starkist)
- 1 Box elbow maccaroni
- 1 Can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup
- 1 Can non-fat milk
- 2 Cups shredded cheese (e.g., cheddar, Colby Jack, italian blend or mexican blend; reduced fat cheese doesn’t melt well, so we use regular shredded cheese)
- 1-3 Pinches of thyme (or fresh thyme)
- 2 Large shallots (chopped or minced) OR a small handful of dried onions
- 1-3 Cloves garlic (minced) Or garlic powder
- 1 Can mushroom pieces OR 1 Package of fresh mushrooms (washed & sliced)
- 1 Bag frozen peas
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Boil maccaroni in well-saled water until almost al dente and drain. I like to use a pasta pot (with the perforated liner) because all you have to do is lift the liner with the macaroni out of the water.
- Saute the shallots (and fresh mushrooms) in a small amount of butter, oil or coconut oil until wilted.
- Mix in herbs, garlic, soup, milk, cheese, peas and tuna.
- Mix in drained macaroni.
- Top with more cheese.
- Bake until heated through and browned on the top (about 30-45 minutes). You can cook the casserole in a casserole dish, or you can bake it in the pot from boiling the pasta (saves on dishes).
DD’s tuna casserole came out perfecty (naturally). It was delicious, and we even have some left over for tomorrow.
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