Here's how this all started. Last weekend while doing my grocery shopping, I stopped at the meat counter. My grocery store has an excellent one...it's where I get bacon, shrimp, sometimes steak and on this day, tuna. There were several truly gorgeous-looking tuna steaks sitting there watching me admiring them, hoping I'd take one home and name it Ruford. [Wait, that was a trip to the pet store some years ago when this totally cute baby blue parakeet caught my attention. I did take him home and name him Ruford.]
At first I thought about making "Linda's Really Good Tuna Sandwich." When I developed that recipe, it was the quality of the tuna that elevated the sandwich. I had purchased a nice tuna steak, baked it, flaked it and used it in place of canned tuna to make the 'wich. It was so good. So I wondered if the same could be true of tuna noodle casserole. What if I made TNC using tuna steak instead of canned? I decided to experiment. Here's my recipe: Linda's Tuna Noodle Casserole:
*note: all measurements are kind of approximated as I tend to cook with a "this 'n that" measurement method.
Bake the tuna steak: wash and pat dry; season with salt and pepper; wrap in foil and bake at 375 degrees about 20 to 25 minutes. When done, flake with a fork and set aside.
Cook the noodles to just al dente; during the final two minutes of cooking add the frozen lima beans. When time is up, drain.
Mix the pasta and lima beans in a bowl with the mushroom soup and milk. Add in the flaked tuna and mix well. Pour into casserole dish.
Bake casserole for 20 minutes. Then top with crushed bread stuffing mix. Bake another 8 to 10 minutes.
Enjoy. Yum! Ours turned out crispy on top and tasty inside. Not at all "mushy" as my childhood memories recorded it. Also the tuna tasted better. You can always adjust how much soup/milk to add to suit your tastes. Some people use plain bread crumbs or crushed crackers as the topping. Ultimately I think it was the quality of the tuna that was the deal breaker for me. I shall make this one again.
How do you make tuna noodle casserole?