Classy Tuna Casserole

A classy upscale version of  Tuna Casserole. Made with Penne, a creamy basil wine sauce,  fresh vegetables, tuna;  and topped with a cheese and breadcrumb topping.  Serves 4-6

1 (6 oz can) Flaked Tuna, drained 1 (170 g  can)
6 to 7 oz Penne (about 2 cups)  190 to 200 g
2 cups Broccoli florets 500 mL

Basil Wine Sauce
1 tbsp Butter 15 mL
3 Green onions, chopped 3
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped 2
2 cups Mushrooms, sliced 500 mL
1/4 tsp ea. Salt & Pepper  1 mL
1/4 cup Flour 50 mL
1 cup Milk or light cream 250 mL
1 cup White wine or chicken stock 250 mL
2 med. Tomatoes, seeded and diced 2 med.
1/3 cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese 75 mL
4 tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped 60 mL

Topping
3/4 cup Soft Bread crumbs 175 mL
1/2 to 3/4 cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese 125 to 175 mL

Basil Wine Sauce
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat.  Cook green onions, garlic, mushrooms, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened.

In a bowl, whisk flour with 1/2 cup [125 mL] milk until smooth; add remaining milk. Add to saucepan along with wine.  Bring  to the boil, then stir and cook for 3 minutes or until sauce thickens.  Taste again and season with salt and pepper.  Remove from heat.  Stir in tomatoes, parmesan and basil.  (Can be prepared to this point, covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day).


In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for 7 minutes or until almost tender. Add broccoli; cook for 2 minutes or until broccoli is bright green and crisp and pasta is tender. Drain, chill under cold water. Drain well and return to pot. Stir in tuna and sauce. Spread in greased 9 x 13 inch [3-L] baking dish. (Casserole can be prepared to this point; covered and refrigerate for up to 4 hours before baking. Increase baking time by 15 minutes.)

Preheat oven to 350F [180C]
In a bowl combine bread crumbs and cheese; sprinkle over top. Place in oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden and center is piping hot.

Source, modern rendition from 300 Best Comfort Food Recipes cook book.

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