Thursday, November 13, 2008

Simple yet satisfying
--Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole
Big Kitchen Instruction Book Copyright 1998

4 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk I used 2% milk
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper
2 (6 ½-ounce) cans albacore tuna, drained and flaked I used 2 6-oz cans
8 ounces uncooked egg noodles I used more, probably about 12 oz
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese I used 8 oz of Cabot's 50% Light Cheddar

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour and cook over medium heat until butter begins to turn golden brown. Stir in milk and Tabasco sauce. Cook and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Stir tuna into sauce. Slightly undercook noodles, drain, and stir into tuna. I added about half of the cheese to the noodle mixture. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for 30 minutes. I could only broil it since my oven died right before I made this.

Makes 6 servings.

This was a simple tuna casserole. I liked it better than the other version I made. I prefer tuna casserole made with egg noodles like this rather than macaroni noodles. I did add twice as much cheese as it called for since I like some cheese mixed in with the noodles but I probably could have held back a little. The Cabot's Light Cheddar is very flavorful. It was good but very cheesy.

My son didn't go for this. I'm not sure if it was the tuna or the cheese. He's funny about cheese. He doesn't dislike it but he's not exactly crazy about it either. My husband and I enjoyed it just fine. It wasn't very expensive either. I found tuna on the marked down table, 99 cents a can for a name brand, albacore tuna.

I didn't get to bake this since my oven had just bitten the dust right before dinnertime. Everything was cooked and the cheese melted from the heat of the noodles and white sauce so I just broiled it for a bit of color and crunch. The light cheese may be delicious and melts really well but it doesn't brown as well as regular cheese.

I don't know when my oven will be back in action and I'm going to miss it. I've been using it a lot lately.

Question of the Day: How many different ways could you cook dinner besides using your oven? I could use the stovetop, microwave, toaster oven, crockpot, Griddler, gas grill, I could even broil using my oven (only the lower element died), and I could probably cook salmon in the dishwasher LOL but I still miss being able to bake in my oven.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, reduced-fat cheese does cook a little differently than full-fat cheese. But this recipe sounds really great.

As far as your question of the day...I admit to eating a grilled cheese (cooked by an iron) that my college roommate made one time. Does dinner by iron count? ;)

Sara said...

Stovetop, microwave, crock pot, George Foreman grill, toaster oven, rice cooker, bbq.

Anonymous said...

Not many...stovetop, electric skillet, crockpot, microwave. We have a gas grill and barbecue pit, but I don't use them, only my husband. LOL...dinner by iron!