Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole

I'm not big into casseroles.  I don't know why, I'm just not.  Never have been, until now.  This casserole is so good and now a family favorite. You can also substitute the tuna for chicken.  I have used a rotisserie chicken to make it fast and easy!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for baking dishes
1 bag extra wide egg noodles
2 red bell peppers, diced and cleaned
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
5 cups whole milk or 5 cups of almond milk (great non fat alternative to whole milk)
4 small cans or 2 large tuna, drained
1 small can artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 13x9 baking dish and set aside. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until almost done; drain, and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium. Add bell peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer.

Remove from heat; add mixture to noodles in pot, along with tuna and artichoke hearts. Season with salt and pepper, and toss. Put into baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake until golden and bubbling, about 20 minutes.

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