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This comm is a VERY good idea, especially since I'm being super frugal the next couple months. Anyway, thought I'd share an adapted recipe I picked up and have made my own. It's pretty easy to double and/or substitute things, as it's basically a casserole.

Curry Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 bag frozen vegetables of your choice (or 16 oz. fresh)
1-2 tins tuna, drained (diced-small, extra-firm tofu also works well)
3/4 box whole wheat pasta spirals, boiled until almost tender
1 Tb. garlic or 3 cloves, minced
1 can cream of mushroom soup (I use low-fat)
1/2 c. grated cheese of your choice (or more... basically enough for binding)
3/4-can lowfat milk (measured from soup can)
1-2 Tb. grocery store curry powder (or your own)
1/2 tsp. red curry paste (or garam masala)
1 tea. ground red pepper (totally optional)

Mix everything up in a big bowl and put in longer (9x13) Pyrex dish so you can pop it in 400-degree oven for 30-40 minutes. It's done when everything kind of melts together and the pasta starts to brown up at the top. Salt and pepper to taste.

It makes 6 healthy-sized servings (they fit medium-sized Ziploc and Glad reusable dishes) that are easily frozen or refrigerated. It tastes better hot and reheats really, really well so this is probably a recipe for those who have easy access to a microwave. As for flavor, it's at its best the second or third day because, like with most curry dishes, it takes time for the flavors to blend right.

You can also throw a little fresh mozzarella on top as a topping along with some fresh basil, but I'd recommend doing that after portioning it out.

ETA: I've also just tried this recipe with 2 and 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice instead of wheat pasta. It's pretty tasty!

Date: 2010-03-03 04:34 am (UTC)
sothcweden: birds flying high at sunset/dawn (Default)
From: [personal profile] sothcweden
Oooh! This sounds delish. I love Indian spices.

Date: 2010-03-05 04:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] trouble
If you were to estimate, when would I start checking to see if this is done? I am lousy with that part.

Date: 2010-03-07 04:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adrian_turtle
I make a non-dairy version of tuna casserole that works really well, and I'll be trying it with the curry tomorrow. Thanks for the idea! I use a 1-quart box of "Creamy Mushroom Soup" from Pacific Foods (vegan, not condensed) in place of the condensed soup and milk. And I just leave out the cheese. 2 cans of tuna and a bag and a half of frozen veg compensates for the extra liquid. I like some of the vegetable to be cauliflower, or something absorbent like that...I don't think it would work if I used all peas, or a lot of something juicy like mushrooms or zucchini.

Date: 2010-04-04 06:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] havocthecat
Ooh! I'm trying this with canned chicken instead. It sounds YUMMY.

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