Tasty Tuna Casserole
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
The first time I made this, I made it as the recipe stated and it was GROSS. It was dry and the flavors were bland and didn't work together. I tried making it again to see if I could make it better. I doubled the cream cheese to make it not so dry and omitted the oregano as I didn't think it tasted right with it. I added minced garlic, lots of garlic salt, onion powder, an extreme amount of pepper, and freshly grated parmesan then I mixed it with the pasta. I put it in the baking dish and I put another layer of pepper on top (I'm a huge pepper fan) and a layer of grated parmesan on top and baked it covered for 20 mins. It came out a million times better and I would eat this version again!
It was okay, wish I would have read the other reviews prior to making. Lacks in seasoning and was dry.
I made this, and I give it one star. It is not good. I tried some of the suggestions of others who have reviewed this recipe. But I don't see me making this again.
I tried this recipe but followed the suggestions of other reviewers to spice up this dish- which is exactly what I did. I added dried dill, ground black pepper, onion powder instead of onions, and dried chopped garlic. I topped it with grated parm cheese before baking. The kids gobbled it up, and the pan was basically licked clean. This recipe really is a keeper once you add some spices.
This recipe has a couple of issues. When I followed the directions exactly, we thought it was way too dry, so the next time I made it I doubled the amounts of tomato sauce and cream cheese to make it more creamy. That was an improvement, but I still think the seasonings need work. It's not that it's bland, but I don't think the oregano really suits the dish. I might try once more and go for a more Mexican twist by using a packet of taco seasoning instead of the oregano.
After reading the comments about this recipe being bland I made some additions. I added minced garlic, mushrooms, peas, and cayenne pepper. Then I topped it with shredded cheddar and bread crumbs. Next time I would add more cream cheese to give it a creamier texture.
It was just ok. It didn't seem to have a lot of flavor. We are not onion fans, so I left those out, so maybe that was why. My husband actually melted some cheese on top of his, which made it not as healthy, but gave it a little more flavor. I will probably end up making it again, but definitely adding some more spices of some sort.
This one has become a family favorite for us! We have personalized it by substituting the tomato sauce with tomato pesto, tomato soup, or pasta sauce. We also add peas and or other veggies based on what is on hand - but mushrooms are a MUST add! We play with the spice mixture too. Sometimes we use Italian spices, sometimes celery seed or dill, sometimes we might make it a little spicy. It is a great basic recipe to play with. I have even added crispy onions to the top - guess I am just crazy like that!
I doubled the recipe for the size of my family. I also added 1 tsp. of basil and 1/2 tsp. of black pepper to boost the flavor. We liked it a lot!
I used pasta sauce and tomato paste instead of the tomatoe sauce and added some peas. I liked it for a nice lunch.