Comforting Tuna Noodle Casserole

By • March 1, 2012 • 12 Comments

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Author Notes: I was introduced to this delicious food in college, and I couldn't believe I'd never liked it before-- after all, I'm not one to turn down pasta in any form. My mom used to make it occasionally, and I really don't remember liking it. But, dressed up with mushrooms and Marsala it becomes divine. I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry and I can whip it up on a day I don't want to venture outside. One of my favorite comfort foods, it's a dressed up mac and cheese!Meatballs&Milkshakes

Food52 Review: This is a clever take on mac n cheese. I loved the earthiness of the crimini mushrooms paired with the rosemary and tuna. The casserole is truly a sum of its ingredients; I could pleasantly taste all the components. It was creamy without being soupy. The recipe is spot on; all ingredients well balanced. The final mix fit nicely into an 8” by 8” gratin dish. It emerged bubbly, browned with the pasta cooked perfectly after 25 minutes. I used coarse homemade breadcrumbs which gave the topping a nice crunch. Panko would work too. I wouldn’t change a thing and will most certainly add this to my baked pasta repertoire.Gmarkb

Serves 4

  • 1/2 box small pasta such as egg noodles, mini shells, mini penne (8 oz.)
  • 2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine (can sub white wine, but not as good)
  • 1 can good Italian tuna packed in oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • truffle butter (optional)
  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to box instructions but stop about 5 minutes early and drain.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the mushrooms in a little olive oil until they have softened. Add the rosemary and toss through. Add the wine and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Combine the flour and butter in a separate pan and cook until the paste starts to brown. Add the milk and whisk so that there are no lumps. Add the chicken stock and whisk again. Add the mushroom mixture, the tuna, nutmeg, and about 3/4 of the cheeses. Reserve the rest of the cheese and combine with the breadcrumbs in another bowl.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir through. Pour into a baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs mixture. If you have some truffle butter, you can dot the top with little bits of it. You may want to reserve it and add before serving as well. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until it starts to get bubbly and browned on top.
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over 1 year ago Helana Brigman

This looks delicious. I'm always looking for new tasty Tuna recipes. I love a good casserole and this Tuna Noodle Casserole sounds awesome. I can't wait to try it out.

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over 1 year ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Hope you like it!

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over 1 year ago Kacia

I just made this tonight and, though the thought of canned tuna in a casserole like this made me nervous, it was far and beyond my expectations! I did add frozen peas because the one-color thing wasn't working for me, but it would have been delicious with out!

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over 1 year ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Good Italian tuna in olive oil makes all the difference in the world. It's even a different color if you put it next to Chicken of the Sea or any other standard supermarket brand. If you can find it, definitely try it. Some brands- Ortiz, Callipo, Ventresca, or Flott.

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over 1 year ago Kacia

Next time I make this, I am definitely going to make the extra effort to use that. Maybe that will be the meal that forever converts me to oil-tuna!

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over 1 year ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

You'll never go back!!

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over 2 years ago Jarri

Made this tonight and my family loved it. Thank you for the recipe!

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over 2 years ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Glad you liked it!!

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over 2 years ago berryandcake

This looks amazing! That crusty topping is making me drool.

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over 2 years ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Thanks! It's definitely the best part!

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over 2 years ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

thanks! it's wet and cold out here and I'm thinking of making it again tonight!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

There are few things more comforting....I love all the additions you made to a classic recipe.