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Fancy Tuna Casserole

serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz organic spinach penne pasta, cooked to al dente
  • spritz of canola cooking spray
  • 2/3 c red peppers, diced
  • 2, 6 oz cans of chunk white tuna in water, drained
  • 3 c marinara
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 t oregano
  • 1/4 t basil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh grated provolone staggianato cheese
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Spritz a large sauce pan with canola spray. Cook red peppers over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tuna and marinara, stir well. Heat on medium high until it starts to bubble.
  4. Turn heat to low, add cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted.
  5. Add oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  6. Add cooked pasta and fold into sauce.
  7. Spread pasta in a 9×13 baking dish. Top with provolone cheese.
  8. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix butter and panko bread crumbs.
  9. Spread panko bread crumbs over cheese.
  10. Bake 25-35 minutes, or until bread crumbs are golden.

Easy Peasy Toodle Noodles

Ingredients (estimated, as usual):

  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce (we like Bertoli) with about 1/3 c water added
  • 1.5 c sweet peas
  • 2 cans tuna in water
  • 1 cup shredded packaged mozzarella and provolone mix
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • a dash of dried mustard
  • a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes
  • 1 package whole wheat, no yolk egg noodles
  • 1/2 package (about 2 cups) herbed croutons or stuffing mix
  • 1/4c freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix first nine ingredients together until well blended.
  2. Cook noodles according to package instructions, until just firm. Drain, return to pot.
  3. In pot, combine sauce mix with noodles.
  4. Spread noodle mixture into a 9×13 glass pan.
  5. Combine herb stuffing mix with about 1/4c water to barely moisten. Mix well, and spread over top of noodles.
  6. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan.
  7. Bake at 400 until stuffing is golden brown and slightly crispy to touch. About 20-30 minutes. To save energy, do not preheat.

Pair this with a hearty roll and a green salad for a complete evening meal.

About the Cook



I'm a busy wife and mom who knows the value of a meal that can be prepared quickly. I prefer to cook with whole foods and you will almost never find a prepared food in my recipes or my pantry.

This blog started as a way to recall recipes that I've created and now I am excited to share them with you! Bon Apetit!
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