On cold, blustery, winter days, casseroles rank high on the list of warm hearty dinners. Classic tuna casserole recipes are among the tastiest of the bunch. Not only are tuna casserole recipes one-dish meals, but a casserole can be delivered from the oven to the table, eliminating the need for additional dishes, which also means easier clean up.
Tuna Twist Casserole Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 box of twisty pasta
2 6-ounce cans white tuna
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can sweet peas
Potato chips, crushed
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Boil the twisty pasta and drain. Salt and pepper the noodles and set aside. Drain the tuna and add it to the noodles by flaking it out of the can with a fork. Using a large spoon, add the cream of mushroom soup to the noodles and mix well. When it has been mixed, add the can of cream of celery. Drain the can of peas and, being careful not to smash them, add the peas to the mixture. Finally, add the crushed potato chips to the top of your noodle mixture.
Bake the casserole uncovered at 325 degrees for about a half hour, or until the casserole is heated through.
Casserole Recipe Variations
For a variation of this recipe, add 12 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese and frozen peas and carrots sprinkled over the top. You could also use chopped celery, but because celery is a hard vegetable, it requires some tenderizing. A good way to do this is to boil the celery along with the noodles. For a different flavor, exchange the cream of mushroom soup for cream of chicken soup, and the crushed potato chips for crumbled seasoned croutons and garlic powder or regular saltine crackers.
Casseroles can be kept warm in the oven for up to a half hour before they begin to dry out. Casseroles stay well in the refrigerator for about three days. Because the smell of tuna will leach into other foods in the refrigerator, make sure you store any tuna noodle casserole in an airtight container. Do not use plastic containers when warming the casserole in the microwave.
Warm meals, fresh from the hearth, have pacified families for centuries. Comfort food, along with thoughts of home, has also found a place in our society. Pasta casserole recipes have brought both forms of comfort together in a dish that has the ability to take you back home again within the first big bite.
If you've ever cooked for a large holiday like Thanksgiving, you are familiar with the leftover turkey sitting in your refrigerator. Try one of these five turkey casserole recipes to use those leftovers and create delectable meals at the same time. Casseroles are hot, hearty and welcome during the cold months.