Family Friendly Fridays: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Can you believe it’s Friday? That means it’s time for another edition of Family Friendly Fridays! Don’t forget to add your link to the bottom of this post to share with my thousands of adoring fans.  It can be anything from a recipe to a vacation, to a review of your new favorite children’s toy.  Anything goes so long as it’s family friendly.

Be sure to stop by next week for a visit (or 5) because all week long we’re going to celebrate an all American favorite; the sandwich!  National Sandwich Month was actually in August, so I’m a week behind (what’s new?) but I figured you’d forgive me once you see the sandwich line up I have for you.  We’ll be hopping to a new and exciting sandwich creation every day next week and I can hardly stand the wait!

And can I say that I’m super excited to host my second giveaway today?!  The lucky winner will get their choice of a one reusable snack bag and one reusable sandwich bag compliments of Kristin over at KB Exquisites.

I first found Kristin last year at this time.  School was starting back up and I wanted to find a way to keep from throwing away so many plastic bags each day just from packing lunches and snacks.  Of course, my first stop was Etsy because pretty much all the women and men that sell products over there are amazing.  Kristin was no exception.  I tracked down her snack and sandwich bags, bought three sets, and haven’t looked back.

Guys they’re sturdy.  We still have the ones left from last year and have had no signs of wear and breakage.  They’re pretty.  She has several different fabric patterns to choose from, both boy and girl, so every child (and parent!) should be happy with the choices.  They’re easy to clean.  When Nick and Alex get home from school, I simply remove them from their bags, turn them inside out and run hot water over them to clean them off and then set them next to the window over my sink to dry and reuse the next day.

This year I’ve bought six new sets to add to our collection and the boys can hardly wait for them to arrive (and neither can I!)  So if you would like to win a set of these for your kiddos, all you need to do is be a follower of this site and visit Kristin’s site to tell me which fabric choice is your favorite for either the snack bag or the sandwich bag in your comment.  The contest will be open over the weekend and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday.

So get over there and start checking them out!  But make sure you come back, because I’ve got a super yummy, kid friendly, leave the can of soup in the cupboard cuz this is homemade baby, tuna friggin’ noodle casserole today and oh mama, is it good.  Let’s talk about putting this beauty together.

Ingredients Needed:

8 Oz of Egg Noodles, Cooked
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 Small Onion, Chopped
2 Celery Sticks, Chopped
5 Tbsp of Butter
1 Can of Mushrooms
1/4 Cup of Flour
1/2 Cup of Milk
1/8 Cup of Sherry
11/2 Cups of Chicken Broth
2 Cans of Tuna
1 Cup of Frozen Peas
1 Jar of Pimientos
1 Cup of Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheese
Parsley for Garnish
Salt and Pepper to Taste

First up, you’ll melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat and add in the garlic, onion, celery, mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook it all up for 3 to 4 minutes.  And, of course, fresh mushrooms are fine, better even!  I made this down at my mom’s house so I was using what she had on hand.

Once the veggies are cooked and hot, pull them out of your pan, turn the heat down to medium low and add in the remaining 4 tbsp of butter.  Once it’s good and melted, add in 1/4 cup of flour and combine it to make a roux.

To your roux, add in the milk, sherry, and broth.  Combine it well and bring it to a boil until thick.

Once it thickens, turn the heat down to low and add the veggies back in along with your tuna, peas, and pimientos.

Stir it all together and add in your cooked noodles.

Pour the whole concoction into an oven safe dish and top it off with the bread crumbs and cheese.  Sprinkle a little parsley over the top to make it all pretty.

Throw it in your oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

Pull it out and give it a minute or two to cool; if you can wait that long.  Then grab up your plate and pop a heaping spoonful of the creamy noodle goodness onto your plate.  Oh yea, you just gotta love the tuna noodle casserole.

Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Ingredients:

8 Oz of Egg Noodles, Cooked
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 Small Onion, Chopped
2 Celery Sticks, Chopped
5 Tbsp of Butter
1 Can of Mushrooms
1/4 Cup of Flour
1/2 Cup of Milk
1/8 Cup of Sherry
11/2 Cups of Chicken Broth
2 Cans of Tuna
1 Cup of Frozen Peas
1 Jar of Pimientos
1 Cup of Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup of Shredded Cheese
Parsley for Garnish
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

First up, you’ll melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat and add in the garlic, onion, celery, mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook it all up for 3 to 4 minutes.

Once the veggies are cooked and hot, pull them out of your pan, turn the heat down to medium low and add in the remaining 4 tbsp of butter. Once it’s good and melted, add in 1/4 cup of flour and combine it to make a roux.

To your roux, add in the milk, sherry, and broth. Combine it well and bring it to a boil until thick.

Once it thickens, turn the heat down to low and add the veggies back in along with your tuna, peas, and pimientos.

Stir it all together and add in your cooked noodles. Pour the whole concoction into an oven safe dish and top it off with the bread crumbs and cheese. Sprinkle a little parsley over the top to make it all pretty.

Throw it in your oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

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28 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: Tuna Noodle Casserole”

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    Melissa @My McDonald Meal — September 3, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    I would say the red and white daisy print but if I win my daughter will be using them and she’d love the cherry cupcake print instead. :)
    I also follow you via GFC. Happy Friday!

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    5 Star Foodie — September 3, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    Very yummy, I love your step by step photos!

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    Cindy — September 3, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    How fun! I thought I was already following you via Friend Connect, but I guess I had just added you to my reader. I’m going to make yesterday’s jambalaya cream pasta next week, but when we got married my husband made me promise I would never make tuna casserole for dinner. Do you think making it for lunch would violate the terms of our pre-nup? Looking forward to the sandwiches next week. My pick would be the Ahoy Mates sandwich bag. Super cute stuff she has!

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    Micki — September 3, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    I was just looking at these types of bags yesterday, super super cute! I miss you girlie!

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — September 3, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    Every time you do a family fun Friday post, somehow, I read the title and ALWAYS think: “It’s Friday?!?! Yess!!” Apparently I forget what day of the week it is when reading blogs.

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    OK Chick — September 3, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    A. I LOVE sandwiches. I can’t wait for next week. I eat sandwiches everyday for lunch. I’m always trying out new sandwiches- different cheese, meat, veggies, hummus, mustard, bread. You name it…I’ve tried it!
    B. I really like these reusable bags. I might get some for myself. Since I take sandwiches to lunch everyday, they might come in use.

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    OK Chick — September 3, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    I just went to her website. I really like the pok-a-dots. The blue and red are my favorite, but she has lots of colors/farbic.
    Can I be in this contest even though I do not have kiddos? :)

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    Carole — September 3, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Yummy, Might be whats for dinner in our house tonight!
    New follower from the linky party.

    Carole
    http://frogbellysoup.blogspot.com

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    Roti n Rice — September 3, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    That’s one tasty looking tuna noodle casserole I know my boys will love (and me too)! I think the blue spotted owls snack bags are really cute :)

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    Chef Dennis — September 3, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    Julie

    that is one delicious looking Tuna casserole, and as hungry as I am right now I wish I could just dig into it! Hope you have a great labor day weekend!

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    Katerina — September 3, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    I remember when I was dating to my husband he cooked for me pasta with tuna sauce. Let me tell you, that had nothing to do with what you prepared in this post. I’ll tell you a little secret, I prefer yours more than his. But please don’t say it to anyone.

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    anne — September 3, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    i just now realized that you must have changed your address, because I haven’t gotten anupdate for a week, oh my lots to get caught up on!! have a great weekend, julie! anne
    http://www.anniebakes.net

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    Towanda — September 3, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    That tuna casserole looks AMAZING! I will definitely be trying this on one of the upcoming fall evenings!

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    Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli — September 3, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    Hooray for the homemade action. I think my kids would like that recipe.
    I’ll go and visit Kristin, I like to make friends with Kristin’s.
    And looking forward to sandwich week.

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — September 3, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    Maybe the family would look forward to tuna if I made it like that!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — September 3, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

    LOVE tuna noodle casserole — perfect comfort food!

    I think my favorite fabric is the cherry cupcake sandwich bag. So cute!

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    Karen — September 4, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Stopped by from LBS:) My husband made me a very simple tuna casserole when we were dating and it became a staple for years, until we had kids and they refused to eat a bite!

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    Melissa B. — September 4, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    One of my faves from back in the day, only with a 21st-Century twist. Yay!

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    Miranda Merten — September 4, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

    Noodle casserole, nothing better than the classics! Looks great, stopping in from LBS! Have a great Labor Day!

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    ingrid — September 4, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    I’m thinking my kiddos would enjoy this….me, not so much. lol, I’m the picky eater.

    Those reuseable baggies are cute. Wish I had seen them when my guys were younger. Right now they might not be so “cool” though you never know what’s in or out with teenagers.
    ~ingrid

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    Ameena — September 5, 2010 @ 1:23 am

    Kristin is one talented lady! I love the cupcake pattern for my daughter but I would pretty much love any of these for myself as well. :) I am all for saving the environment, so even if I don’t win I’m going to order some of these. Thanks for the great link.

    Great casserole idea. It is perfect for Labor Day!

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    Brenda — September 5, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    Julie, your tuna casserole looks absolutely delicious. My Mom used to make it all the time when I was growing up. It was one of my favourite meals. It still is. Thanks for hosting Family Friendly Fridays. I’m a bit late (Internet problems) but I’m here! :o )

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    malia — September 5, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    hi! that tuna casserole looks really good. i’ve been searching for a recipe like this.
    i am off to print your carmel corn recipe. having a double sleepover for the kids tonight and my plan is movie + your popcorn.

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    Kristina Churchill — September 5, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    Love the Owls and friends on Kristin’s site! I will try your Tuna dish soon! YUM!

    stop by my site if you have a chance!
    http://www.katynikitachurchill.blogspot.com

    -kristina-

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    Julie — September 6, 2010 @ 1:40 am

    That tuna noodle casserole looks world class! I’m gonna add my baked spaghetti cause it’s a family pleaser too :)

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    Holly L — September 7, 2010 @ 1:17 am

    OK, I am hungry! My mom never made any type of tuna noodle casserole and I was in heaven every time I ate at a friends house and they had it for dinner! I must try this for my kids!

    The bags are awesome – I like the honeycomb bags – they could go boy or girl!

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    Maranda — September 7, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    Yum! This looks so good!!! But I will have to omit the mushrooms because The Hubble is super duper picky. Oh well. I’m sure it will be good without!

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