How to make it

  • For the topping:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Mix the bread crumbs, salt, and butter in a small baking dish; bake until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and transfer to a bowl.
  • For the pasta:
  • Increase the oven temperature to 450° degrees. Butter a shallow casserole or 13x9 baking dish. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the pasta to the boiling water and stir to separate the noodles. Cook until al dente. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot with the reserved liquid.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until the foaming subsides. Add the mushrooms and onions, season with salt and pepper to taste, and sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions soften and the mushroom liquid evaporates, 7 to 10 minutes. Check the seasonings, transfer to a medium bowl, and set aside.
  • Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a clean skillet over medium heat. When the foam subsides, whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the flour turns golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisking constantly, gradually add the chicken broth and milk. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in ½ teaspoon salt, the lemon juice, parsley, and thyme.
  • Add the sauce, mushroom mixture, tuna, and peas to the pasta and mix well. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
  • Turn the mixture into the buttered baking dish, sprinkle evenly with the reserved bread crumbs, and bake until the crumbs brown and the mixture is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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    " It was excellent "
    EMC050 ate it and said...
    I just found this recipe. My husband wants tuna-noodle casserole every once in a while and though I make it, I never care for it. I made this one tonight and I actually had seconds. I think it's just a little bit bland for my taste so next time I will add garlic and maybe a little something to punch it up but this is actually a fantastic recipe. Thanks so much for posting this. :)
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  • bentley 14 years ago
    This sounds wonderful!

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  • sunny 15 years ago
    I had completely forgoten about tuna casarole, my mother made it all the time when I was growing up. Her recipe was considerably less interesting than this - she did however use potato chips as the crust on the top. = ) I'll have to print this out and give it a shot.
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  • krumkake 15 years ago
    Now that's a nice "grown up" twist on the good old Tuna Casserole...will try this one!
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  • debra47 15 years ago
    Interesting spin on an old classic. I probably haven't made tuna noodle casserole in 30 years but will be tempted to make your recipe. Thanks for posting.
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