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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Southwestern Tuna Casserole

From the Fast Life (24 July)

(Umm... good thing it only took me two years to realize I never published this post.)

After making regular, plain ol' Tuna Casserole since the 1900's, I finally thought to try something new. Here is Cat Cora's Southwestern Tuna Casserole.

Serves four? I say, "YUM! Serves ONE!"

The recipe says serve immediately; I don't know why the rush, unless the plan is to melt your family members' mouths shut with delicious bubbling lava.

Southwestern Tuna Casserole
Recipe created by Cat Cora

Serves 4

• 1 Tbsp. olive oil
• 1 medium onion , chopped
• 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels , thawed
• 1 can (10.5 ounces) reduced-fat, reduced-sodium cream of mushroom soup
• 1 cup store-bought bottled tomato salsa
• 1 tsp. chili powder (optional) ***I used about 1/4 tsp***
• 1 can (6 ounces) tuna , packed in water, drained and flaked
• 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pasta , cooked according to package directions
• 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar blend preferred)

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with olive oil and set aside.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with the 1 tablespoon of oil, and when the oil is hot, add the onions.

Cook and stir until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in corn and cook 2 minutes longer to incorporate. Stir in the soup, salsa and chili powder (if desired) until well blended.

Add the tuna and cooked pasta, stirring just to coat. Pour into the prepared greased casserole dish. Sprinkle the top evenly with cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until bubbling, remove from oven and serve immediately.


Katy said...

Yummy! I totally want to make this for dinner soon! Can't wait.

Christi said...

It seems that this just may cover that awful "fishy" smell that most fish unfortunately has. May have to give it a try and see if it passes the hubby test. Thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

Ben hates it when I try new recipes. But I automatically have approval when it comes from a Food Network celebrity. Sweet!