Canned tuna is a classic casserole ingredient. Standard tuna noodle casserole can get a little boring, though, because it has been done so many times. But, there are some reasons for that! 🙂 Tuna noodle casserole is easy, quick, and inexpensive. And the whole family likes it. Those are great reasons to make a dish with tuna and noodles! So I wanted to keep those elements, but maybe freshen it up and add a nice twist to keep things interesting.
I noticed some different flavors of canned tuna on the shelf at the grocery store, and they intrigued me. I was most drawn to the Lemon Dill flavor by Starkist. I could really see that flavor combination being a hit with everyone in the family, even Thing 2. So I picked up a couple of cans, some baby portabello mushrooms, and some whole wheat noodles, and headed home to see what I could put together.
I have made a similar recipe from the Cozi Dinner Club in the past, and my recipe below was loosely based on that. It is so simple and fast, it is perfect for some of the craziest weekday evenings.
Before we move off the subject of Cozi, I want to make a big announcement. I am so excited to be partnering with the folks at Cozi.com to offer a great giveaway very soon! If you are a regular reader (and especially if you saw this post How I Got Out Of A Dinner Rut, Plus A Ravioli Bake!), you know how much I love and depend on Cozi to keep me organized and on track. It is a wonderful tool! Stay tuned for all the details next week, but for now let’s just say that this offer is going to be as good as gold!! 😉
Getting back to the recipe, before I made it, I knew it hit almost all my big requirements: easy, quick, healthy, and affordable. All that remained was to try it out and see if the family liked it!
Tuna 'Shroom DinnerPrint Recipe
- 1 package whole wheat noodles
- 2 tablespoons buttery spread
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 12-16 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
- 9 ounces lemon-dill tuna (2 cans)
- Dash of dried dill weed (optional)
- Cook the noodles, following the directions on the package.
- While the noodles are cooking, add the buttery spread and olive oil to a large skillet, then add the mushrooms and heat on medium-high, cooking until they become soft.
- Add the parsley flakes and tuna, and mix until combined. Reduce heat to low to keep the mixture warm.
- When the noodles are done, drain and add to the skillet with the mushrooms and tuna.
- Mix until well-combined and serve.
- If you like, as a serving suggestion, sprinkle some dried dill weed over each individual portion.
The verdict from the family? They ate it up and asked for more. Even Thing 2 was happy with dinner that day, without needing to dissect the food and remove any offending morsels! Thing 2 rating = (4 1/2 out of 5 biscuits).