Classic Tuna Casserole
Hey, tuna casserole can be classy! Why, I believe James Bond himself would approve of this dish. I will share this culinary secret if you promise to stay home one evening and cook this meal instead of going out and spending your hard earned money. Should you accept this mission, read carefully to learn how to save money, get your kids to eat vegetables, and allow yourself to kick back and watch the six O’clock news.
First, boil some noodles for ten minutes…a one pound package of wide egg noodles in salted water. As they cook, saute in olive oil, one carrot, two ribs of celery with the leaves, an onion, and a clove of garlic all finely sliced and diced and cook until the onion shows some golden brown color.
With the noodles drained and put back into the pot, open two cans of tuna (tuna packed in oil has much more flavor but a few more calories) and one 15 oz. can of diced tomato. Add these ingredients with all of their juices to the noodles and stir.
Shred 4 or 5 oz of jack Cheese and dump that into the pot as well. Season everything with salt and pepper. Add a touch of half and half cream…about a third of a cup. Heat the cream until it bubbles around the edges, add 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, season again with some , salt and pepper, and a bit of garlic powder. Shut off the flame and stir everything together. With the oven preheated to 400° pour everything into a 13″x 9″ baking pan in an even layer and pack it all down a bit.
The biggest secret to the success of this mission is using home made bread crumbs, The food processor makes this step a breeze. Using four or five slices of old bread ends, hopefully some good quality bread like French or sourdough, break it in pieces and pulse it in the processor until you’ve made a little more than a cup and a half of fine crumbs (I used some day [or two] old home made bread). In a bowl or pie plate season the crumbs with salt and pepper, maybe some herbs you like, drizzle on some olive oil, add 1/4 cup of Parmesan and toss everything together. It should still be a fluffy light mixture
Congratulations on the success of your mission! In the last 45 minutes, you’ve not only saved yourself about thirty dollars, but you’ve gotten your family to eat four vegetables, fish with its valuable omega three fat, And so what about the cheese, this meal tastes superb! Now you have time to enjoy the rest of the evening and as a bonus you might even have enough casserole left over to take to work tomorrow.