For the last couple of days I’ve been in the mood for a tuna casserole. I wanted to make a Baked Mac & cheese casserole with tuna in it. Ergo I went and found me a recipe that I needed to modify a fair bit due to lack of ingredients or a desire to use up what we had in the house so basically I made my own recipe. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. It was quick to make, and I love the addition of the half & half cream.. made making the sauce a complete breeze.
1 lb of pasta.. I used macaroni this time. 12 oz tuna Spices of choice: I used lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, fresh parsley 1/2 cup finely diced onions (white, green, Spanish.. your choice) 2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard 2 ribs celery, finely diced 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1/4 cup butter 2.5 cup half and half (for lighter version use milk, whole milk would be best) 2 cups grated cheese (used light cheddar old) 1/4 cup flour 1.5 cup breadcrumbs or panko (I used seasoned crumbs) (Next time I'll use less crumbs) 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400. Cook pasta to al dente You have a choice.. glazed onions with the butter for the sauce OR put the onions in with the tuna mixture. I chose to glaze, but mixing in the tuna works too. :) Tuna Mixture: Tuna (flaked) plus celery, mustard, seasonings, lemon juice. Mix the pasta and tuna together. Place in your casserole dish. Melt your butter, mix in the flour, slowly add your cream (lower fat option would be milk). Make a nice sauce. Add your grated cheese stir till all melted in. Add sauce to pasta/tuna mix, stirring well. Mix together the breadcrumbs and butter, add in the parm cheese and mix well. Top the pasta with this mixture. Cook until golden brown and bubbling (in my oven took 25 minutes).
The reactions of the family:
Me: I could make this again…but will use less bread crumbs. using half and half adds depth to the flavours.
Hubby: I like this. Make it again hun.
Son: two thumbs up (he was too busy eating) and the cat got a bit more pasta to enjoy that flung off a fork. (yes, she’s odd)
Six servings, 877 calories per serving.
If served with a salad could do 8 servings which would obviously be less calories. 🙂