Friday, 10 September 2010

Tuna Casserole

Tuna casserole has always been a comfort food for me. Not only is it easy and can be made ahead of time but I love the tangy flavour of the tuna combined with the creaminess of the sour cream and mayo. Even as a kid, when it was so not cool to like tuna casserole I enjoyed it. I've been making this dish since Brad and I were married.

With the weather becoming cooler I made tuna casserole last night (much to the chagrin of my kids). With this casserole you can easily change up the veggies you add to it ... but unfortunately it's not easy to hide the veggies from the suspicious eyes of children. My kids can sniff out a piece of zucchini at 100 yards. :(
Now that I've made this casserole it feels like fall now (my favourite season!). I cannot wait to start making stews, chilis, crockpot meals ....

3 cups egg noodles, uncooked
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup celery, chopped finely
1/3 cup green or yellow onions, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, finely diced (see Note below)
1/2 zucchini, sliced thinly
1 small tomato, seeded and diced
2 cans (6 1/2oz each) tuna, drained well and flaked with a fork
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp thyme
2 tsp mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350F. Cook egg noodles according to package directions.

In a small skillet, heat oil and saute celery, onions, carrot and zucchini until al dente. Drain noodles.
In a large bowl combine: noodles, vegetable mixture, tomato, tuna, cheddar cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, thyme and mustard. Combine well. Put into a casserole dish. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.
Note: I used my Pampered Chef Chopper to cut up the veggies. It helps you take out your daily frustrations on the veggies, you get a work out and it takes a lot less time than it would if you used a wee knife.
Note 2: You can easily make this casserole the night before. Just make sure you heat it through well enough. You may have to add on a few minutes. This casserole freezes really well too.


Mags said...

I don't know that I've ever made tuna noodle casserole without cream of mushroom soup. How cool is it that now I have a recipe to make it from scratch...AND... I love all the added veggies!

Laurie said...

Mags - I've never made tuna casserole any other way. I've heard of using mushroom soup but this way always seemed just as easy. :)

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