Nov 8, 2011

Tuna Noodle Casserole

It has seemed to me that most people have a love/hate relationship with tuna casserole. Some people just love it, or they really dislike it. I would belong to the latter group. As a child, the thought of having tuna casserole would fill me with dread while my sister would be absolutely elated. As an adult, I came to realize how economical tuna casserole was. It was something that I began to make out of necessity, that same old recipe using the can of cream of mushroom soup. I could not take it any longer, there had to be something that tasted better! So I began toying around with different recipes, choosing what I liked from one, and discarding what I disliked from another. I'm sharing with you the final result, something that I've come to enjoy. I no longer dread tuna casserole. This is also my go-to dish when preparing something to give to a sick loved one. I take it to them in an aluminum pan that the person can just throw away when finished. Yes, this is the perfect hospitality dish. I hope that you'll enjoy it as much as I do, and make it for someone that you love.

What you will need:
3-4 cups uncooked country style noodles (pictured)
1 can Campbells cream of celery soup
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1-2 cans water packed tuna (depending on your taste)
3stalks finely diced celery
1/2 onion finely diced
1/2 red bell pepper finely diced
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
Lawry's garlic salt
black pepper

Begin by boiling the noodles until almost cooked through, about 20min.
While noodles are cooking, heat about 2tbls. oil in a large skillet, add the diced vegetables along with the garlic salt. ( I don't measure the garlic salt, I just add what looks right.)
Saute the vegetables until the onions are opaque. Next, add the cream of celery soup, heavy whipping cream, and tuna to the vegetable mixture. heat through. Then season to taste with black pepper, and maybe more garlic salt. Then add this cream mixture to the cooked, and drained country noodles. Transfer the mixture to a 9x12 casserole dish, top with the grated cheese and Panko bread crumbs. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25min. or until the center is bubbly, and cheese is melted.

MMMMMMMM. so yummy!
" Use hospitality one to another without grudging."
1 Peter 4:9

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