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Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole
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4 ounces uncooked dried egg noodles

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

1 rib (1/2 cup) celery, sliced

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup milk

1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

1/3 cup sour cream

3 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American, quartered

2 (5- to 6-ounce) cans tuna in water,   drained, flaked

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup shoestring potatoes or crushed potato chips

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

 *Substitute 2 cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in deep 10- or 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add celery, onion and bell pepper. Cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes or until crisply tender.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.

  4. STEP 4

    Stir in milk and soup. Continue cooking 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Stir in all remaining ingredients except shoestring potatoes; mix well. Add cooked noodles; toss to coat.

  5. STEP 5

    Spoon tuna mixture into ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole dish; sprinkle with shoestring potatoes. Bake 20-30 minutes or until heated through.

Tip #1

To make ahead and freeze, prepare casserole through addition of noodles. Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes. Spoon into 1-gallon freezer bags. Press out excess air and flatten slightly. Freeze. To cook, thaw overnight in refrigerator. Pour into ungreased 1 1/2-quart glass casserole. Top with potato sticks and bake as directed.

Tip #2

To freeze in individual servings and microwave later, prepare recipe as directed except do not top with shoestring potatoes. Cool 15 minutes. Spoon into 6 freezer and microwave-safe containers. Cover tightly; freeze up to 3 months. To thaw, place in refrigerator 3-4 hours. Keep refrigerated until ready to microwave. Loosely cover microwave container. Microwave on Medium-High (70% power), stirring once, 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle individual servings with about 2 tablespoons shoestring potatoes.

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