Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuna Noodle Casserole with Shitake Mushrooms

This is a really nice make ahead meal.  Even if you dont prepare everything ahead of time, just having the cooked pasta ready to go makes this a meal you can pull together in a snap.  Great for holiday time.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 pound noodles, cooked ( I am not particularly fond of egg noodles so I used this curly pasta)*
2 cans of tuna, drained and flaked with a fork
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in 1 cup hot water, reserving liquid
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
fresh grated parmesan cheese***

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, stir together first seven ingredients until well combined, including mushroom broth.  Spread into a small greased casserole dish.  Spread Parmesan cheese evenly over the top. Bake covered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Take off cover and let cook 15 more minutes.

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