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Asparagus-Tuna Casserole

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 20 mins Cook 20 mins Bake 375°F 25 mins
Asparagus-Tuna Casserole
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  dried penne pasta
  • 1  pound  tiny new potatoes, diced (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 3  tablespoons  butter
  • 1/4  cup  chopped onion
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 2 1/4  cups  milk
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 4  ounces  provolone cheese, shredded
  • 3 4 1/2 ounce can  tuna packed in roasted garlic olive oil or desired flavor tuna
  • 1/2  cup  pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 1/2  pounds  green, white, and/or purple asparagus, trimmed, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4  cup  soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4  cup  finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large saucepan cook pasta according to package directions, adding diced potatoes during the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a large Dutch oven melt 2 Tbsp. of the butter. Cook onion in butter about 3 minutes, until tender. Stir in flour and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Whisk in milk all at once. Add lemon peel. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Whisk in provolone cheese until melted. Gently fold pasta, potatoes, tuna, olives, and asparagus into sauce. Pour into a 3 quart rectangular baking dish .

3. For topping, in a small bowl melt the remaining 1 Tbsp. of butter. Stir in bread crumbs and Parmesan. Sprinkle on casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes, until heated through and topping is golden.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • If tuna packed in garlic olive oil in not available, substitute tuna packed in oil and add 2 cloves of minced garlic when cooking.
Nutrition Facts (Asparagus-Tuna Casserole )
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 467,
  • Fat, total (g) 21,
  • chol. (mg) 50,
  • sat. fat (g) 10,
  • carb. (g) 36,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 5,
  • sugar (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 34,
  • vit. A (IU) 1312,
  • vit. C (mg) 15,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 1,
  • Niacin (mg) 11,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 121,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 2,
  • sodium (mg) 753,
  • Potassium (mg) 951,
  • calcium (mg) 374,
  • iron (mg) 5,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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