Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tuna Noodle Hot Dish

Prepared and recorded January 14, 2010. An improv lunch.
8 oz package elbow macaroni
1 can cream of mushroom soup (Campbell's™ of course)
about 1/2 can of milk
1 5 oz can chunk light tuna with pack water (see RANT)
2 T dried minced onion
1 small can mushrooms with pack water
2 roasted piquillo peppers, sliced and diced (see RAVE)
1 t Frank's RedHot Original Hot Sauce™ (omit for kids and Minnesotans)

grated parmesan cheese
Preheat toaster oven to 325 ºF.
Boil noodles for about 12 minutes in two quarts of well-salted water, until just tender. Drain well. In the same saucepan over medium heat, combine all the other ingredients except the cheese. Mix well, stir in the cooked noodles, and heat through. Transfer to an 8X8 inch metal baking pan. Sprinkle on a generous layer of parmesan. Bake 30 minutes uncovered. Let stand about 15 minutes at room temperature before serving. 
Serves 3 to 4.
Thanks, Trader Joe, for cheap piquillos, and to Jose Andres (PBS chef and restaurant owner) for enthusing about them, and for picturing the hard-working and fun-loving Spaniards that raise, pick, and pack them in Navarra.
This is the "cheap" kind; more flavor than the albacore, but less Hg. Note the new "Scru-U" size (was 6 oz for decades); Chicken of the Sea is acceptable; Charlie the Tuna brand is autolyzed glop. Sorry Charlie.

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