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Tuna Casserole

My father and I have beenreminiscing latelyabout my mom's tuna casserole, the one she used to make in the 60s, with cream of mushroom soup, broccoli, lots of cheese, and a crushed potato chip topping. Mom has only the vaguest recollection of a tuna casserole ("I think it had broccoli in it.") In fact, today she said she had no memory of it at all. Did she really make it? Or are dad and I remembering something instead from a school cafeteria? In any case, I attempted to reproduce it for today's lunch, in honor of the weekend and long forgotten family traditions. Entering our pantry for the first time in 20 years was a can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup (really must use this one, no other will do.) Also, I used Kettle potato chips - very good quality. The verdict? Yep, it's definitely tuna casserole - filling, cheesy, crunchy topping, not too tuna-y. I haven't had this in years, decades probably. The visiting picky eater kids (okay, not that picky, thank God) had three servings. This is a good sign.

INGREDIENTS

1 12oz package wide egg noodles
2 teaspoons salt
8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp butter
2 cups chopped broccoli (about 1/2 lb)
2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna, drained
1 can Campbell's cream of mushroom soup (10 3/4 oz)
2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/3 cup milk
1 Tbsp cream
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup crushed potato chips

METHOD

1 Preheat oven to 400°F.

2 In a large (6 qt) oven-proof pan, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Add noodles. Just before pasta is al dente (earliest cooking time minus 2 minutes), add the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside.

3 While the water is heating and pasta cooking, dry sauté the mushrooms in a frying pan on medium high heat. When mushrooms have given up their moisture, remove from heat and set aside.

4 After the pasta has cooked and is draining in a colander, use the pasta pot (the oven proof one) to heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Sauté the onions until translucent. Add the pasta and broccoli mixture back into the pot; add the mushrooms. Mix together. Add the tuna, can of cream of mushroom soup, grated cheese, milk and cream, and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5 Sprinkle crushed potato chips over the top and cook for 20 minutes at 400°F in the oven, until the topping has browned.

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