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Lemony Tuna Noodle Casserole

Coastal Living OCTOBER 2010

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Cook time: 50 Minutes
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes


  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large leeks, sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Gruyčre cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (5- to 5.5-ounce) cans oil-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)


1. Cook egg noodles until al dente according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again.

2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, covered, 7 minutes or until tender but not browned. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute. Pour in milk; bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 3 minutes or until sauce is smooth and thickened.

3. Remove from heat, and whisk in cheese and next 3 ingredients. Fold in tuna and egg noodles. Pour into a greased 3-quart baking dish.

4. Combine olive oil, garlic, and panko; sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


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