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Stove-top Tuna and Noodles

9 Feb

Calvin prefers this method over the traditional type of tuna casserole. It sure is a lot faster to prepare. I usually make sure I have the ingredients on hand for whenever I’m stumped for a meal or don’t feel like preparing anything more elaborate. Also, Calvin hates peas so I leave them out of the pot and just add them to my serving. It’s easy to microwave a handful of peas in a bowl and dump the tuna noodles on top.

1 16 oz. package wide egg noodles
2 cans tuna, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 tbsp. Worcestershire
1 tbsp. ranch dressing
salt and pepper
12 oz. frozen peas (optional), cooked according to package directions and drained

Prepare egg noodles in a large pot according to package directions. Drain. While noodles are draining, return pot to stove and add soups, Worcestershire, ranch, salt and pepper. Stir to combine thoroughly. Drain tuna completely and add to mixture, stirring to combine and break up the tuna. Add noodles and peas (optional), stir to combine, and heat through before serving.

This recipe also works well when substituting the canned tuna for canned or cooked chicken.

Zucchini Tomato PERK with Pasta Spirals

25 Jan

I actually came up with this recipe right out of my little own head. You really need to trust me on this – it may sound like a somewhat odd combination of ingredients, but it’s truly, truly good. PERK stands for Peperocini/Edemame/Roasted Red Pepper/Kalamata Olives. I’m so cute.

2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced (optional)
2 tbs. cold pressed olive oil
2 medium zucchini, sliced thin
1 medium summer squash, sliced thin
1 can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Balsamic, Basil, and Olive Oil (or two medium diced tomatoes, two tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp. basil, 1/4 cup water)
1/4 cup light white wine, or chicken broth
1/2 cup shelled cooked edemame (prepare frozen edemame in microwave according to package directions)
1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, diced
2 peperocini peppers, de-stemmed, drained, and diced (optional)
salt and ground pepper to taste
1 tbsp. corn starch, dissolved in 2 tbsp. water
whole wheat pasta spirals

In a large skillet, saute garlic and onion in olive oil until golden. Add zucchini and squash, saute until softened. Add canned tomatoes, edemame, olives, roasted red peppers, peperocini peppers, and wine or broth. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, drain, and rinse with warm water.

Add corn starch dissolved in water to sauce/zucchini mixture, a little at a time and stirring constantly, until the mixture has reached desired thickness. Serve over warm pasta spirals.

To make this a “One-Pot Wonder”, simply cook the noodles first and drain, then use the same pot to prepare the recipe, stirring the noodles back in at the end.