29 September 2010

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole

Sometimes you cook without a recipe and it turns out AMAZING. This casserole I made on Thursday was one of those meals. I browsed a few of my many, many cook books, browsed some of my favorite online sources, and none of the recipes fit the bill for what I had in my fridge and pantry, so I decided to just make it up.

Basically here is what I did.

Camille's Thursday Night Tuna Casserole

1/2 bag of whole wheat noodles
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk, or as much as needed
1 can of peas, drained
1 can of tuna, drained
1 onion, chopped
1 can of sliced Shitaki mushrooms (or the reg. kind would work as well, I bought Shitaki because they were on sale), drained
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese
Handful of breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cook the noodles as directed. While the noodles are cooking, fry up the chopped onion in some olive oil, cook on medium for about 5 minutes, or til the onions become translucent. When the noodles are done, drain, and put into a oven-proof (casserole-type) dish. Add the mushroom soup, milk, peas, tuna, onion, mushrooms, and about half to 3/4ths of the shredded cheese. Mix this all up real good (you could of course do this in a mixing bowl and then pour into the pan, but I like to make as few dirty dishes as possible since I have a tiny kitchen). Top with the remaining cheese and the handful of breadcrumbs (I also topped with some chives I had left over from a previous recipe). Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until bubbly.

Honestly, this is like the definition of comfort food. The great thing is, you could basically use this as a template and switch things out depending on what you have, so say you have some left over chicken instead of tuna, chop that up and throw it in! Say you have a can of corn insted of peas, or green beans, or fresh veggies. All good things. Say you have a can of cream of broccoli, or whatever. You get the idea. Experiment a little.

As a side for this casserole I went with a salad, this photo is bad but you get the idea. Lettuce, carrot, onion, tomato, cucumber (I'd hit the farmers market earlier in the week, yum!)  tossed with olive oil and white wine vinegar, salt & pepper to taste, top with chopped almonds (I love nuts in my salad!).


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