RECIPE

Creamy Tuna with Tarragon and Egg Noodles

Here’s new take on the good ol’ tuna casserole – hold the canned condensed soup, please! Try this French twist on creamy tuna and egg noodles or go Italian and try Spicy Tomato and Tuna Spaghetti. Serve with a green salad for a super tuna supper.

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 3/4 pound extra wide egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 small onion or 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half or whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3-4 sprigs tarragon, leaves removed from the stem, chopped
  • 2 cans tuna in water (6 ounces), drained and flaked with a fork
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the egg noodles and cook to al dente, with a little bite left to them.

While you are waiting for the water to come to a boil, place a large skillet over medium heat and heat EVOO. Add onion or shallot to the oil and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add butter to the pan and melt. Once the butter has melted, sprinkle the flour in the pan and stir, letting the butter-flour mixture cook for about 1 minute.


Whisk in the stock and let the liquid cook until it thickens up, about 5 minutes. Add the half-and-half or milk and the mustard and bring the mixture back up to a bubble. Turn to low and add in the tarragon and the tuna; stir in the peas. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.

Drain noodles and combine with sauce, adjust seasonings and serve.


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