Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful…

…But my dinner was so delightful.

Wow, cheesy post title there…wow.

Seriously though, its brutal out there right now! There are HUGE snow storms coming, and it’s supposed to snow until 6 p.m. tomorrow! Apparently, winter is here… but in 9 days, we’ll be here:

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I can’t freaking wait!

Dinner tonight was a big casserole dish full of deliciousness! Usually, people have childhood memories of mom’s tuna casserole. I have to say, I have NO memories of a tuna casserole mostly because my mom doesn’t like hot tuna (not to be confused with Hot Tuna, the fantastic band with members from Jefferson Airplane). My first experience with tuna casserole was in college, when some glue-like substance held together questionable tuna and mushy noodles in the dorm cafeteria.

I decided, after many requests last year from Adam, to make a tuna casserole. I mucked with a few recipes I found online, and came up with a fairly decent meal. When I was in the grocery store today, and saw that my favorite canned tuna was only $1.00 a can, I knew what dinner was going to be: Tuna Noodle Casserole.


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Ingredients

14 oz. small pasta, cooked

2 cans white tuna, drained

1 can peas, drained

1 can reduced fat, low-sodium cream of mushroom soup

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. dried minced onions

black pepper to taste

1.5 c. shredded low-fat cheddar cheese, divided

1/2 c. panko bread crumbs

Directions

In a bowl, mix together all ingredients except the pasta and panko, reserving half the cheese. Pour the pasta into a baking dish, and top with the tuna mixture. Stir well, then top with remaining cheese and panko. Bake at 375* for about 30 minutes until heated through and the top is crunchy. Enjoy!

I love how simple and comforting this recipe is, and I love even more how MUCH it makes! I’ve got lunch for tomorrow (if there’s school) and the rest of the week!

Tonight is also one of my favorite nights of the winter: Charlie Brown Christmas night! I just love PigPen in the dancing scenes…

Have a wonderful night!!



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15 Responses to Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful…

  1. I haven’t had tuna casserole in YEARS. This looks darn good. And I wish we were getting the snow!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet It Is´s last blog ..Holiday Champagne Punch. =-.

  2. Christina says:

    I never grew up w/ tuna noodle casserole either. J likes it, but I’m w/ your mom – hot tuna just seems “off” unless it’s a nice filet. My aunt and I did make this tuna roll up once that was cheesy, I might have to re-create that.

    Wow, you guys must be expected to get a lot worse northside! We have a tiny sprinkling now, some sleet, and are expected to get 1 more inch. J read some parts of the state are going to get 12″+! So glad that’s not us! Hope it takes it easy on you too!

    I got SO excited earlier when I heard the ad for Charlie Brown tonight! It’s just not the same to watch the DVD and I totally agree – Pigpen is one of my absolute FAVS!!

  3. VeggieGirl says:

    Your post title totally just made me laugh out loud 😀
    .-= VeggieGirl´s last blog ..Thanksgiving 2009, Part 2: The Sweet Endings =-.

  4. Ahhhh, good ole tuna noodle casserole! Such a classic 🙂
    .-= Estela @ weekly bite´s last blog ..How Late Should We Really Stop Eating? =-.

  5. Rose says:

    I was just thinking about making one of these. Putting it on my to-do list!
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Sweet Potato, Broccoli and Sage Lasagna =-.

  6. Mama Pea says:

    I decided that we need a Charlie Brown Where are They Now? special. Linus is a preacher, Lucy is Hilary Clinton, Peppermint Patty is the US National Team’s softball coach. That’s all I’ve got.
    .-= Mama Pea´s last blog ..The Why and The How =-.

  7. K says:

    Could you have picked a better time to get away from this snow?! We don’t have the bad snow in MI yet but I know it’s coming.
    .-= K´s last blog ..Baby, It’s Cold Outside =-.

  8. Mmmm…tuna noodle casserole is totally a nostalgic dish for me! Yours looks delicious!

  9. Jocelyn says:

    I’v never had tuna noodle casserole!! Sounds like a cheap easy meal though! yum!

    I love charlie brown christmas 🙂

  10. Biz says:

    Tuna casserole is probably one of my husband’s favorite dishes, but since I don’t like tuna, it rarely makes an appearance!

    I think he’s like your version though!
    .-= Biz´s last blog ..Biggest Loser Finale! =-.

  11. Jenny says:

    I love how excited you get for Christmas stuff. And the fact that your title is a Christmas Carol. 😉 I love YOU! And dude. I haven’t had this stuff in YEARS! Looks very tasty!
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..All the king’s horses and all the king’s men… =-.

  12. kristen says:

    Hey I know your a foodie but when I saw this diy project I thought you might like it…

    http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/12/diy-project-fleece-pom-pom-hanukkah-garland.html

  13. Quix says:

    I’ve been singing this lately. Our “frightful weather” is in the 30s and 40s. Yes, I am a wimp. Yes, I am EXTREMELY jealous of your honeymoon.

    I <3 tuna noodle casserole – one easy cheaty way we like to do it is with a box of mac and cheese, a can of tuna, and cut up onions/celery and a bag of peas. So yummy.
    .-= Quix´s last blog ..Chasing my Shannon… =-.

  14. Hallie says:

    I’ve had this on the “make” list for awhile now! But OK so that the boy will eat it, I’ll have to sub canned chicken for tuna, green beans or broccoli for peas, and so I’ll eat it I need to leave off the cheese and I want to use whole-wheat pasta. How do you think that would come out? I’ve never had real tuna casserole, unless Tuna Helper counts (ah, college…)
    .-= Hallie´s last blog ..The Shortcut That Wasn’t =-.

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