New Tuna Casserole

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller  

Our take on the classic hits the high notes: creamy, cheesy, fresh, and crunchy. Resist digging into the casserole right out of the oven. Letting it stand for 10 minutes allows it to firm up to the perfect consistency.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 35 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 1 (16-oz.) package ziti pasta
  • 1 (8-oz.) package haricots verts (thin green beans), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
  • 2 (4-oz.) packages fresh gourmet mushroom blend
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (12-oz.) can solid white tuna in spring water, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or parsley
  • 1/4 cup crushed potato chips
  • 1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Garnish: sliced fresh chives

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover 30 seconds to 1 minute or until crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain.
  3. 3. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks, and sauté 2 minutes; add mushrooms, and sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer leek mixture to a small bowl. Wipe skillet clean.
  4. 4. Melt 4 Tbsp. butter in skillet over medium heat; whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in cream and broth. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low; gradually whisk in Cheddar cheese and 4 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese until smooth. Stir in salt and pepper.
  5. 5. Stir cream mixture into pasta. Stir in tuna, next 2 ingredients, beans, and leek mixture; transfer to a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  6. 6. Stir together potato chips, next 2 ingredients, and remaining 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese in a small bowl; sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  7. 7. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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