Tuna Casserole

img_6670Love casseroles.  They can be made ahead, frozen so when you need them just pop them into the oven.  This one is really simple but really tasty. I mean really, how can you go wrong with pasta?

img_6660-1Begin by adding the pasta into a very large pot of boiling water and cook according to package directions, Making sure you give it a stir every now and then.  I like to give it a taste as the final couple of minutes approaches.  This allows me to know if it is cooked.

img_6663In another pot add the oil and/or butter, allowing it to melt and heat.  Adding the flour when the butter has melted and browned a bit.  Stir vigorously.  You will get lumps of flour so I remove from the heat adding the chicken soup but whisking as I am doing this.  You will find it will thicken and lumps will disappear.

img_6662-1Once the lumps are no more, add the tuna.

img_6661When pasta is cooked drain and add mayo, cheese to taste (approx. 2 cups) and salt and pepper.

img_6667 Add the tuna and pasta to the tuna sauce mixing well.

img_6668Pour into a casserole dish topping with more shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.  I like to take a little taste from the middle of the casserole dish.  If it is piping hot then it is ready.  Remember it is fully cooked before you bake it.  So all you want to do is heat it throughout, melting the cheese.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup Olive Oil Or Butter

1/2 Cup Chopped Onion

2 Cups Uncooked Pasta, Your Choice

4 Cups Chicken Broth

2 Cans Of Tuna

1 Cup Mayo

4 Cups Cheese, Your Choice And To Taste

Salt And Pepper To Taste

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain then add mayo, cheese, salt and pepper.

In another pot add butter and add onions and brown.  When onions are soft remove from heat and add flour, stirring vigorously add the chicken broth.  Once thickened add the tuna mixture, mix then pour into a casserole dish.  Top with more cheese and either freeze or bake at 350 degrees for approx. 35 minutes.  Check by tasting that the middle of casserole is piping hot.

You can divide this casserole up into 2 casserole dishes, freezing to make meals ahead.

ENJOY!

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