Recipe

Tuna Casserole

It’s no secret that I’m a Real Housewives superfan. Remember the episode when Vicki Gunvalson’s boyfriend reveals that he may or may not have cancer, and none of the other Orange County Housewives buy it? Vicki comes to the reunion with one of perhaps one of the most memorable lines in Housewife history: “I expected a casserole! I expected people to come over and really care!” Pure, unadulterated, reality TV gold. That, in part, is what inspired me to post this recipe. Casserole equals comfort. Something we could all use a little bit more of in our lives, right?

You’ll need:

  • 1 package pasta (I use flourless, chickpea pasta)
  • 6 oz tuna
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed
  • 5 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, return to the pot, and set aside. (Turn heat off on the stove so the pasta doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pot!)
  3. In a sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add the diced onion and garlic. Stir occasionally, for about five minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside in a separate bowl.
  4. In the same pan, melt the butter, and add the flour, whisking quickly. Add the milk, and whisk again. Add the lemon juice.
  5.  Add the sauce mixture to the pasta. Add the parmesan cheese, diced tomatoes, fresh spinach, tuna, salt, pepper, onion and garlic.
  6. Spread into a 9″ x 13″ ceramic baking dish.
  7. Cover the top of the casserole with the remaining 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
  8. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil, and turn the oven to the broil setting.
  10. Bake for an additional three minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown.
  11. Let cool for about 5-8 minutes before serving.

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