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The Best Homemade Tuna Casserole

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2-4 T butter
  • 1/4-1/3 c AP flour
  • 1-1.5 c milk or cream or half and half
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 1/4 c roasted red peppers (pimientos) chopped
  • 1/4 c bell pepper (any color but green is pretty) chopped
  • 1 large can tuna or a cooked tuna steak, chopped
  • 12 oz noodles prepared al dente
  • 1.5 c shredded cheese I like a Mexican blend + Parmesan
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch garlic powder to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil noodles according to directions.
  2. Chop onions, carrots, and peppers.
  3. Saute vegetables in butter with a drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle 1/4 c AP flour over vegetables, then immediately whisk in cream until smooth and thick.
  5. Combine Bechamel sauce in a bowl with tuna and noodles and cheese.
  6. Spread in a large baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Bake at 350* for about 30-45 minutes, depending on how crispy you like the top.