Today Casey is working at both his jobs. He came home for about ten minutes to have dinner with us before rushing back to work. I wanted to have a nice hot meal prepared when he got home and I was literally taking the casserole out of the oven when he walked through the door. The kids were clamoring for their supper at the table. I took special care in measuring all the ingredients because I wanted to share with you a simple but wholesome casserole for your family to enjoy. I served tuna casserole and peas.
If you are like me, you grew up having tuna casserole made with cream of mushroom soup. While that tasted good, I am here to show you how to revolutionize this casserole. Trust me that this is a satisfying meal and very filling. After our family of five is done eating, we usually have about one large serving leftover.
Homemade Tuna Casserole
12 oz gluten free pasta (or pasta of choice)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 T. butter
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 T. brown rice flour (or flour of choice)
2 c. heavy cream
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 cans tuna, drained
2 c. sharp cheddar cheese
extra cheese for sprinkling (about a handful)
1 T. butter, melted
1/4 c. gluten free cornflake crumbs
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the chopped onion until translucent.
Add in the chopped (or pressed/grated) garlic and cook about another minute.
Sprinkle in the flour and whisk together.
|Whisking the flour into the sauteed onions and garlic.|
Pour in the cream and whisk until it just starts to boil. Turn down the heat to low. Add salt and pepper. Use a fork to flake the tuna into the sauce. Pour in the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and sauce is combined.
Mix together the pasta and the sauce and pour into a greased 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the top with a handful of cheese. Melt 1 T. butter in the microwave or on the stove top. In a bowl, combine the cornflake crumbs and melted butter. Keep stirring until the crumbs are all slightly moist. Spread on top the casserole. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
As I mentioned, I took this out just in time as Casey was coming home so I forgot to snap an after picture but it looked basically just the same except melty and warm. It didn't brown a whole lot. The kids loved it and Casey said it was "very good." He is a very blunt critic of my cooking so when he says its good then you can trust him!