Sunday, January 20, 2013

A #SundaySupper Inspired by Tuna Noodle Casserole

Let's get this out in the open. I LOVE tuna noodle casserole. And I mean the old school version with canned soup. So when I found out that this week's #SundaySupper theme was retro recipes, it was the first thing I thought of.

But even though I love the original, it doesn't mean I can't mess with the recipe. This has a lot of the same flavors, with a few twists and a complete fashion makeover.

For this recipe, I like the tuna packed in oil, which seems to be getting harder and harder to find. If all you can find is tuna packed in water, you can use that and add olive oil to compensate. Because this does need a bit of fat to carry the flavor.

Inspired by Tuna Noodle Casserole

1/2 pound thin spaghetti
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 white or yellow onion, medium dice
2 5-ounce cans tuna in oil
1/2 cup frozen peas
12 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced in half

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water while you're cooking the rest.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the mushrooms and onions and cook until the liquid releases and evaporates and the mushrooms begin to brown a bit and the onions softens.

Add the pasta to the mushroom/onion mixture, along with about a cup of the pasta cooking water and the tuna along with the oil (if you think there's too much oil in the tuna, drain some off - but reserve it, in case you want to add it back).

Cook and stir until the tuna is distributed throughout the pasta and the water has cooked off so it's no longer soupy. It should be moist, but not gloppy.

Add the peas and olives and stir until they're distributed through the pasta. Taste for seasoning and add salt, if you feel it's needed - with the fish and olives, I didn't think it needed any more, but it's your choice.

Serve hot.

The #SundaySupper crew has a lot more retro recipes for you. Check them out:

Irish Cheddar-Whiskey Fondue by girlichef
She Devils: Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs by Ruffles & Truffles

Coca-Cola Salad by Magnolia Days
Salmon Salad | Retro Tuna Salad by Family Foodie
Ambrosia Salad by Simply Gourmet
Romaine “Wedge” Salad with Hot Maple Bacon Dressing by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Carrot & Raisin Salad by The Roxx Box
Sweet & Smoky Broccoli Salad by In The Kitchen with KP

Breads and Sandwiches:
Italian Style Bread by The Meltaways
Creamed Chipped Salmon Jerky on Toast by Pescetarian Journal
Grown-Up Tuna Melts by Home Cooking Memories
English Muffin Pizzas by Comfy Cuisine
Patty Melt, Hand Cut Fries, & a Shake by Mooshu Jenne
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese With Tomato Soup by Catholic Foodie
Toast Topper #16: Grandma’s Mock Apricot Jam by What Smells So Good?

Main Dishes:
Chicken Pot Pie Topped With Bacon Cheddar Biscuits by Chocolate Moosey
Tuna Noodle Casserole by Country Girl in the Village
Nana’s Marinated Beef Roast by Supper for a Steal
Chorizo Scotch Eggs by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Chicken Maryland by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Mushroom Stroganoff by Small Wallet Big Appetite
Dairyfree Toast Hawaii by Galactosemia in PDX
Porcupine Meatballs by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Chicken Kiev by The Urban Mrs.
Salmon Quiche with Preserved Lemon by Shockingly Delicious
Steak Diane by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
Fried Chicken only in the Oven by In the Kitchen with Audrey
Hambak Steak a.k.a. Salisbury Steak by Kimchi Mom
Retro-Redo: Homemade TV Dinner by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Kicked Up Meatloaf by Curious Cuisiniere
Shrimp Scampi (a lighter version) by Kudos Kitchen
Old-Fashioned Pork Chops by My Trials in the Kitchen
Jägerschnitzel by Sustainable Dad
Healthier Hamburger-Corn Noodle Casserole by The Weekend Gourmet
Inspired by Tuna Noodle Casserole by Cookistry
Chicken-N-Biscuits Pot Pie Casserole by The Messy Baker Blog
Souper Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes by Mama.Mommy.Mom
Meatloaf that will make you swoon and Datz the truth by Midlife Roadtrip
Spaghetti with Currywurst Sauce by Masala Herb
Tator Tot Casserole by NeighborFood

Sides and Veggies:
Smokey Braised Red Cabbage by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Classic Corn Casserole by The Foodie Army Wife
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Classic Green Bean Casserole Redux by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Mem’s Broccoli Casserole by Momma’s Meals

Desserts and Cocktails:
Peachy Keen Tutti-Frutti Jello by La Cocina de Leslie
Old School Boozy Rum Cake by Webicurean
Individual Baked Alaskas by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Rainbow Jello by Cravings of a Lunatic
Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Noshing with the Nolands
Pineapple Bars by Peanut Butter and Peppers
Creamy Dairy Free Fresh Orange Julius With Coconut Milk by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Refrigerator Strawberry Cheesecake by There and Back Again
Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by Juanita’s Cocina
Boston Cream Pie by Gotta Get Baked
Coca-Cola Cupcakes by Daily Dish Recipes
Jello Poke Cake by Flour On My Face
Devil’s Food Cake by Maroc Mama
Bread Pudding with Pecans by Basic and Delicious
Victoria Sponge Cake by The Lovely Pantry
A Chocolate Twist on the Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake by Ninja Baking
Post War Apple Pudding by My Cute Bride
Layered Mini Chocolate Banana Cakes by Big Bears Wife
Raspberry Jam Cakes by Pippis in the Kitchen Again
Cocktail: Moscow Mule by Crazy by Crazy Foodie Stunts