Still doubling a few of our meals for a friend, and my #testkitchen project this week was a twist on traditional tuna noodle casserole. I grew up without cats, so I have always enjoyed eating canned tuna. My husband, on the other hand, thought canned tuna smelled like cat breath, so he was in no way a fan when I first cooked traditional tuna noodle casserole as a new bride.
I am trying to incorporate less expensive protein sources into our meals, as our grocery budget doesn't have a lot of wiggle room, but the foods we eat a lot of- fresh fruits and vegetables especially- are all getting more expensive this year. Canned tuna fits reasonably well.
To up the nutrition quotient, I added Catelli Healthy Harvest whole grain pasta, lots of vegetables, and mostly chicken stock with just a little half-and-half cream. I also used old cheddar cheese, so you get a bigger flavour punch.
For our family meal we served this with fresh vegetables and fruit. My family weren't overly fond of this, but they didn't outright hate it, either. And my husband had no idea there was tuna in it until I told him.
Recipe to follow under recipes/fish and seafood.