Recipe
Emerilized Tuna Casserole

Emerilized Tuna Casserole

Potluck never tasted this good!

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 (6-ounce) cans solid white tuna in spring water
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (5 1/2-ounce) bag potato chips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups grated mild Cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Directions

  • Open the cans of tuna, drain, and set aside.

  • Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter and set aside.

  • Squeeze the potato chips inside their bag to break into small pieces. Set aside.

  • Make sure the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 350?F.

  • Bring a medium pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the noodles and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally with a large wooden spoon to prevent the noodles from sticking together.

  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, drain the noodles in a colander set in the sink, pouring away from you, and rinse under cold running water. Set aside and allow to drain well.

  • Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes.

  • Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  • Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  • Add the cheese and peas and stir well.

  • Add the cooked noodles and drained tuna and stir well.

  • Pour the tuna mixture into the greased casserole dish.

  • Top with the crushed potato chips and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

  • Using the mitts or pot holders, remove the casserole dish from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

  • Be extra careful removing the hot casserole from the ovenóitís not just hot, itís heavy, too!