Comforting Tuna Casserole Recipe
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Comforting Tuna Casserole Recipe

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My mother gave me the recipe for this classic casserole 20 years ago. Sometimes I use sliced stuffed olives instead of pimientos. —Dorothy Coleman, Hobe Sound, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
  • 6 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pouch (2-1/2 ounces) albacore white tuna in water
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 2 teaspoons minced chives
  • 2 slices Muenster cheese (3/4 ounce each)
  • 2 tablespoons soft bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (prepared with reduced-fat butter and reduced-fat cream cheese) equals 493 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 118 mg cholesterol, 941 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt 5 teaspoons butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add the cream cheese, tuna, pimientos and chives. Cook and stir until cheese is melted.
  2. Drain noodles. Spread 1/4 cup tuna mixture into a 3-cup baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the noodles, 1/2 cup tuna mixture and one slice of cheese. Repeat layers.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining butter; stir in bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Comforting Tuna Casserole in Cooking for 2 Fall 2008, p31

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (prepared with reduced-fat butter and reduced-fat cream cheese) equals 493 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 118 mg cholesterol, 941 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"This is a very tasty old fashion tuna recipe. I agree it needs more salt. I also added a little parmesan cheese to the sauce. Instead of bread crumbs I sprinkled a little grated cheddar cheese on top, after all I am from Wi. add cheese to everything. I definitely will make it again."

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Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"I doubled the recipe, but had to add 2 cups of liquid to the roux to make it a sauce. Wonder if a "1" was forgotten before the "3/4 cup" of milk? Added peas and mushrooms, definitely used the chives and roasted pimentos. Anything to add some more flavor to a cassarole is good!"

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"This was a Friday night staple for many years when my kids were growing up. Pimentos were a luxury so were left out but I added a can of peas just before baking. Ritz crackers were a treat but made it sooooo good."

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"It is really good with Ritz crackers instead of bread crumbs."

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Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"needs to bring salt before comes on my table regularly."

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