Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lent Recipe #3: Tuna Casserole

With a refrigerator stocked full with massive amounts of meat-filled left overs - veal bolognese, pesto-steak sandwich fixings and sausage stuffing - my motivation to cook yet another dinner was minimal.  However, seeing that it is Friday and it is still Lent, I needed to come up with something that was more than cereal to feed the gang... finding the vegetable drawer nearly empty and the pantry fresh out of just about all of my go-to ingredients, I decided that we'd pull out one of HB's hot dish recipes from Minnesota - the good, ol' tuna casserole.

We've tweaked the recipe some to fit our tastes and give it more substance, but it maintains the intended flavors of the original in the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook so I'll give it all the credit.

4 ounces noodles (I use fusilli or something like it)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups milk
5 cans tuna in water, drained
1 cup shredded cheese

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

For sauce, in a medium saucepan cook celery, carrots and onion in the butter until tender.  Stir in flour, salt, dry mustard and black pepper.  Add the milk all at once; cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Combine sauce, tuna and cheese with the noodles.  Transfer to a casserole and bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

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