Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole

Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole combines wide egg noodles, solid white albacore tuna, sliced carrots, optional peas, shallots, Vermont white cheddar, Colby-Jack cheese, topped with panko breadcrumbs, and fresh parsley for an easy to make Classic yet updated Casserole that aims to please any Casserole Queen.

On October 5, 1947, President Harry Truman made one of the very 1st televised presidential speech from the White House. In his presidential speech,  Truman asked American farmers to cut their use of grain, he also asked the public to avoid meat on Mondays, eggs, and poultry on Thursdays, and to save a serving of bread each day.

Classic Tuna Noodle CasseroleWithin only a few short days, popular restaurants all over the United States pledged their support to Meatless Mondays while the New York Times newspaper urged readers to write in for a free pamphlet of meatless recipes. After his heartfelt presidential speech, Tuna Noodle Casserole became a  popular “Meatless Monday” dish served all across the United States.

Tuna Noodle Casserole these days, is usually associated with a desperate housewife with a few sparse items in her pantry, trying to serve her little family something she can whip up without having to tread foot in her local market that day. Personally, I am one of the many that actually enjoy a good hearty Tuna Noodle Casserole if made properly.

 Ingredients you will need for Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • 12 ounces of wide egg noodles
  • 3 cans of solid white albacore tuna in water (6 oz cans), drained
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 medium carrots sliced razor thin
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, optional
  • 1 shallot minced, optional
  • 4 ounces chicken stock
  • 4 ounces whole milk
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 6 ounces freshly grated Vermont White Cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 6 ounces Colby-Jack freshly shredded
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

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