Creamy and comforting tuna noodle casserole with a velvety bechamel sauce

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Creamy and comforting tuna noodle casserole with a velvety bechamel sauce
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
60mins
Category:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on June 15, 2024

This tuna noodle casserole is the ultimate comfort food that is both rich and satisfying. The creamy bechamel sauce adds a luxurious and decadent touch to this classic dish, making it a perfect choice for a cozy family dinner.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz egg noodles
  • 2 cans tuna, drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a baking dish.
  2. Cook egg noodles according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, sauté until softened.
  4. Stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and thickened.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in shredded cheese until melted.
  7. Add tuna, peas, and cooked noodles to the sauce, stirring to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle breadcrumbs on top.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.
  10. Let it cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Bechamel sauce is a classic French sauce made from a roux and milk, often used in gratins and casseroles.
  • Tuna noodle casserole became popular in the United States during the 1950s as a budget-friendly and convenient meal option.
  • This dish can be easily customized with your favorite vegetables or seasonings for a personal touch.