Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Oh comfort foods, oh comfort foods, I heavenly adore you! Tuna Noodle Casserole classic dish. Bonus, this one is Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole! I always remember a childhood meal that was an inexpensive meal. Those are the ones that etched in my mind through adulthood. Check out this one it is delightful! If you don't like tuna add cooked chicken. This sauce base is fabulous, this is made from scratch and has no soup in it!


Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish with tuna and delicious sauce over noodles






Mom's The Best



When mom hid foods we didn't like in something, we never knew it was in there.


She was the best in improvising meals to get us to eat well balanced meals.


Mom loved to make a simple recipe and turn it into a gourmet meal, this one was it for me.


Mom made everything with love of course and from scratch.


This is by far the best tuna casserole you will ever eat or make!



how to make a tuna noodle casserole Italian style with mushrooms, noodles, tuna and in a casserole dish baked in the oven.




Classic Vintage Recipe



This recipe is from the 50's or early 1960's.


My mom changed the classic recipe to her own style and everything in our home has garlic in it!


This basic sauce in this recipe can be changed, tweaked and adapted to your own taste.


Tuna Noodle casserole is that homemade comfort food you either love or hate.





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Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish is with tuna and the casserole is made with a cheese sauce then baked in a white oven proof deep casserole dish and delicious sauce over noodles




The Sauce is Fabulous!



I loved the sauce and it's so versatile with adding meats to it.


Anything you add like chicken or beef turned into another delicious gourmet meal!



 Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish is with tuna and the casserole is made with a cheese sauce then baked in a white oven proof deep casserole dish and delicious sauce over noodles



Tuna Was Inexpensive Then and Now



We grew up in the 1960's when money was tight and we were on a budget.


This fed the family on a meagerly amount of money and we all loved it.


Today it's down home comfort food that my kids learn to love.


Although they love it more with sauteed chicken, tuna casserole is still my favorite in flavors.



Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish with tuna and delicious sauce over noodles


Some Unique Flavors



The flavors in this were unique to the regular tuna casseroles I had in the past, they were terrible in the high school cafeteria.


They basically consisted of soup and noodles with tuna.


This one is so full of flavor, you can't help but ask for seconds.


If you want an easy Tuna noodle casserole one pan meal, this is it!

this is a tuna noodle casserole homemade from scratch nothing with soup in it. This casserole with tuna is in a white round baking dish with tuna, noodles and a rich white creamy sauce



Use Either Style Baking Dishes



I have made this meal so many times, we all love it and the ease of this delicious recipe.


You can use any style baking dish, round, square, rectangular, it doesn't matter.


Mom use to melt butter in the baking dish before she poured the tuna casserole in the dish so it wouldn't stick, I use cooking spray oil.


I just use the cooking spray to save calories.






 Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish is with tuna and the casserole is made with a cheese sauce then baked in a white oven proof deep casserole dish and delicious sauce over noodles



Easy Recipe



Although the recipe looks lengthy it really comes together quickly.


Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole is worth the time and a keeper, print it off you will make it again and again I promise.



Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish with tuna and delicious sauce over noodles




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Roasted Potatoes with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Amaretto Sweet Potato Casserole
Broccoli and Cheese Casserole
Upstate Utica New York Greens Baked, Fried
Eggplant and Cheesy Casserole
Mexican Taco Casserole
Broccoli Chicken and Cheese Casserole
Baked Ziti Casserole
Marshmallow Yam Bake


Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish with tuna and delicious sauce over noodles





Pure Comfort Food



I think everyone would agree that tuna noodle casserole is pure comfort food.


It really is pretty inexpensive to make and can feed a large family.


I have even substituted chicken and this dish comes out great with chicken also, if you have fussy non fish lovers in the house.


I also add broccoli or spinach in it when making it a chicken casserole.






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Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish is with tuna and the casserole is made with a cheese sauce then baked in a white oven proof deep casserole dish and delicious sauce over noodles

Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole

prep time: 15 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 60 mins
This is an old fashioned Tuna Casserole mom used to make Italian Style of course

ingredients:

2 cloves of fresh cleaned garlic finely chopped
4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 oz mushrooms, trimmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick (4 cups)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup sherry
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
2 cup whole milk, evaporated milk or half and half
1- 6 oz ( if you like lots of tuna use two cans) can tuna in olive oil, drained  ( mom used  baby shrimps when we had the extra money I always use 2 cans of tuna)
3 1/2 cups dried noodles (I like the wide ones like fettuccine) of course traditional style egg noodles is fine
1 1/2 cups Italian flavored freshly made bread crumbs or use crushed Buttery flavored crackers (I used in this recipe)
 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
 1/4 teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, garlic powder
 salt and pepper to taste

instructions:

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.

Prepare pan. Butter and oil spray the bottom of  a shallow  glass 13 x 9  baking dish.
Cook garlic in 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with a pinch of salt in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes.
 Increase heat to moderately high and add mushrooms, then saute, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms begin to give off liquid, about 2 minutes.

 Add Worcestershire sauce and continue to saute mushrooms.  Add sherry and boil, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.

Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat and whisk in flour, then cook roux, whisking, 3 minutes. Add broth in a stream,whisking, and bring to a boil, whisking. Add in milk and simmer sauce, whisking occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in mushroom mixture,   add seasonings and salt, pepper to taste. Flake tuna into sauce and stir gently. Cook noodles in a 5- to 6-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain noodles in a colander and return to pot. Add sauce, 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese and stir gently to combine. Transfer mixture into prepared oil sprayed or buttered baking dish, spreading evenly.

Toss together bread crumbs or crackers crumbs with  cheddar cheese in a bowl. Drizzle with oil or melted butter and toss again, then sprinkle evenly over top of  casserole. Bake until topping is crisp and sauce is bubbling, 20 to 30 minutes. Garnish with shredded Pecorino Romano cheese.
calories
267
fat (grams)
11
sat. fat (grams)
5
carbs (grams)
11
net carbs
5
protein (grams)
2
sugar (grams)
7
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how to make a tuna noodle casserole Italian style with mushrooms, noodles, tuna and in a casserole dish baked in the oven.



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Mom's Italian Style Tuna Noodle Casserole dish is with tuna and the casserole is made with a cheese sauce then baked in a white oven proof deep casserole dish and delicious sauce over noodles

38 comments

  1. O Mama mai yes please come and comfort me with this creameness:)

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  2. What a tasty pasta, rich and flavorful. It looks very appetizing. Bye, have a great Sunday

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  3. Delicious! I would definitely be a 2 cans of tuna guy!

    Moms always made it the best. But just remember, that will be your recipe to your kids!

    My mom always put chopped pecans in tuna salad. (A Texas thing I guess)

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  4. Are you aware that when I view your site the first couple of comments at the bottom overlap other stuff. Yours is the only site I've had this problem with. Mystery. In any case, I have been reading some postings lately (and this is one of them) that have me thinking about a 40's and 50's cookbook. I love the sound of this.

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  5. Love this version Claudia - especially with the Fontina. Be sure to share this in Comfort Food Classics in CES. Have a great weekend and hope all is well! xo

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  6. Anytime a recipe name starts with mom's or grandma's (especially an Italian), I immediately pert up and this recipe re-confims my thinking. It sounds super delicious.

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  7. I love this! It sounds so tasty.

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  8. Funny you made this. I was just making a list of dishes I wanted to put my spin on and Tuna Noodle Casserole was one of them. Maybe I'll cross it off the list now.

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  9. Oh, this sounds SO much better than the mushroom soup version that my hubby loves. I could eat his share of the mushrooms and we'd both be happy!!!

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  10. This looks so delicious. I would love this for dinner tonight. One of my favorite dishes.

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  11. I love tuna noodle casserole and make it all the time only I make those versions from the 70s with spinach, florentine style. I look forward to trying yours. I'm sure it will taste better without the canned soup. I'm almost embarrassed to say that but hey there's something about comfort foods and childhood memories that are hard to shake.

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  12. This is a lovely dish for sure, the best version I've ever seen.
    Thank You.

    Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep
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    Author Kathy Stemke (my spouse)

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  13. I adore comfort foods too - haven't had a tuna casserole in ages - looks deliciously cheesy!

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  14. Hi Claudia, I love this recipe. Never once did I try or even think of adding sherry to a tuna noodle casserole. This is my son Red's favorite meal ever!! Next time he comes home I'm gonna make this for him.

    Happy Sunday :)

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  15. Tuna casserole...I don't think I like it, but I think it's all in my head...I'm not even sure if I ever had it....I really need to try it.

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  16. I love hearty one dish meals and you have come up with another winner in that category. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe Claudia!

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  17. What I love about your post best of all? You give mom credit. How sweet!

    Make it a great day :)

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  18. I hate to admit this, but the last time I had a tuna casserole was when I was in college and it came from (gulp) Tuna Helper (AKA Hamburger Helper) I know! Horrible! But, thanks for sharing this recipe. I think I am going to make one from scratch this time! Yum!

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  19. Great recipe from Mom!! This casserole sounds wonderful! I've never made it from scratch like this so you've inspired me to try!

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  20. Love the flavour of this pasta. Sounds terrific for dinner.
    Thanks again for sharing such wonderful recipe.
    Kristy

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  21. Tuna noodle casserole never goes out of style, always a crowd pleaser! Making me want some right now!

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  22. I love a tuna pasta bake and this looks so creamy and comforting. I am craving it now!

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  23. Yes Claudia, you hit the nail on the head. Comfort, comfort and more comfort food here! I love the addition of the mushrooms and garlic too. Extremely tasty combination of ingredients x

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  24. This casserole sounds like the perfect meal for winter.

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  25. Moms always have the best comfort food recipes, and this tuna noodle casserole is no exception! Yum!

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  26. I would like to try this casserole for dinner. This is awesome! Yup this looks pretty darn perfect to me. Thank you!

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  27. My mom made tuna noodle casserole as well and I loved it. Your recipe looks delicious and I like that there is no canned soup in it, its all from scratch!

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  28. You know...I have never had a tuna noodle casserole (that I can remember). I'm sure this is the one to try though, all your recipes always remind me of how my mom and Italian grandmother cook :)

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  29. Some people get all pretentious when talking about dishes like Tuna Noodle casserole. Not me. I love it! Particularly when you make your own creamed sauce, as it is pretty much as easy as canned and tastes better.

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  30. This is a down home comfort food indeed! Can't imagine anyone now loving it.

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  31. Tuna noodle casserole is one of my son's favorite food. His grandma makes it for him all the time. Your recipe sounds better than hers, but I'm a little scared to compete. I might have to give it a try in secret. :)

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  32. This is such a great version of a casserole! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  33. That sounds so heavenly. We love tuna in our home and my kids can eat tuna almost every day - no complains. This sounds delish

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  34. Tuna casserole is such a classic dish. And Italians do used canned tuna for many dinner dishes. What better way to extend the food budget. I do like your mom's flavors - fondly remember our tuna dishes.

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  35. Such a classic but I love the Italian twist! My Italian Mom would have too!

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