This delicious meal is one which everyone will love, especially kids who tend to adore anything with a cheesy sauce. This comfort food is very healthy, offering vitamin D, vitamin B12, and protein. You can also freeze it so perhaps you wish to double to recipe and serve one but freeze the other. That way you will have a delicious dinner to thaw out whenever you want it.
Use penne pasta for this, or another pasta shape like macaroni, bowties, or rigatoni. Try swapping the tuna for salmon, if you fancy a change, or even shrimp or imitation crab. Tuna casserole is often one of the first meals people learn to make, since it is a great student staple and it is economical to make.
Either make it in one large dish or use several ramekins if you prefer to serve individual portions, and feel free to throw in any chopped vegetables you wish to use up. Tuna casserole is great if you have some leftover veggies from the previous day because you can throw in broccoli, peas, mushrooms, zucchini, or anything else you fancy, and all the flavors will work together. Serve this by itself or with a green salad on the side.
- 1⅓ lbs penne pasta (or similar)
- 3 oz can peas (or use thawed)
- 2½ cups milk
- 11 oz can tuna
- 2 oz butter
- 2 oz all-purpose flour
- ½ lb grated cheddar cheese
- ½ chopped red onion
- 3 oz can corn kernels (or use thawed)
- Handful chopped fresh parsley
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Boil the pasta but give it a couple of minutes less than the time stated on the instructions.
- Melt the butter in a pan, and then stir in the flour.
- Cook for a minute, and then stir in the milk gradually, to make a thick white sauce.
- Remove the sauce from the heat, and stir in most of the cheddar.
- Drain the pasta and stir it with the white sauce, drained corn, drained tuna, drained peas, red onion, and parsley, using a wooden spoon.
- Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Transfer the mixture into a baking dish.
- Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until the top is crisp and golden brown.
This tuna casserole is a favorite among comfort food fans, offering plenty of flavor, a lovely creamy texture, and a decadent cheese topping. Tuna casserole is one of the simplest dishes you can make, and you can reheat it in portions the following day (or the day after that) giving it two or three minutes in the microwave in a loosely covered dish. This colorful and appetizing tuna casserole can be served with bread and a salad on the side, like you can see in the picture, or you can just serve it by itself.
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