Hi everyone, today's recipe is a delicious Tuna Casserole, it's perfect for Lent Season, really easy to make, budget friendly and super delicious! I hope you like it.
- 12oz Pasta (I used Tri-color Penne but any small pasta will work great for this)
- 2 cans tuna in water.
- 1 cup chopped bell peppers (I used green and red, any color is great for this)
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1/3 cup chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms (I used baby Portobello)
- 1 cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
- 1 cup Heavy Cream or half and half
- 1 cup Milk
- 3 tablespoons all purpose Flour
- 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- a dash of Tabasco Sauce
- a pinch of Nutmeg
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Cooking spray
Under-cook the pasta for 3 minutes. If the package says to cook the pasta for 10 minutes, just cook it for 7 minutes instead. Drain and set aside until you are ready to use it.
Drain the tuna, set aside until ready to use.
In a large pan, on medium heat, heat up 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and cook the onion for about 2 minutes, or until soft and transparent. Then add in the bell peppers and continue to cook for 1 more minute. Add in the mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes or until they soften a little bit.
Once the mushrooms are done, add 1 more tablespoon of Extra virgin Olive Oil to the pan and also add in 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour, stir everything together, and cook the flour for about 30 seconds, then add in the cream and the milk. Season with a pinch of nutmeg, salt, black pepper and Tabasco Sauce to taste. Stir together and continue to cook on medium heat for 5 more minutes or until it starts to boil and the sauce has thicken.
After 5 minutes or so, the sauce would begin to boil and it should be thicker. Turn off the heat, add the corn kernels and the tuna to this creamy mixture, stir together, taste the flavor again and add any more salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce if needed.
Transfer to a baking dish, smooth it out on an even layer, sprinkle the bread crumbs all over the pasta and bake at 400ºF for about 10-15 minutes or until the bread crumbs are nice and golden brown.
That's it. Enjoy!