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Tuna Tetrazzini a keeper for casserole lovers

Thursday, October 03, 2002

What makes a "good" tuna casserole? It's a matter of preference. When a request for a "good" tuna casserole recipe appeared in Kitchen Mailbox, we were flooded with recipes. The hard job was deciding which recipe to feature in Mailbox. Most recipes were of the tuna-mushroom soup-noodle variety. We finally narrowed it down to four recipes. But we still had to choose only one.


We decided to invite a group of hungry but impartial friends over for a taste test. And after second helpings of each dish, we asked each guest which casserole he/she preferred. "I liked the one with the strings," said Bob (referring to the spaghetti). Everyone agreed with him.

So here it is: Tuna Tetrazzini, sent in by Jean Brown of Ross. "This fancied-up version of the classic tuna-noodle has always been a hit," said Jean. As it was with us. If tuna casserole isn't a favorite, try replacing the tuna with chicken. A recipe for tuna noodle casserole was requested by Susan Banks of Ross.

Tuna Tetrazzini

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 10 3/4-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded American cheese
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 2 (6 1/2-ounce) cans tuna

Melt butter in saucepan and cook onion and pepper until softened. Stir in soup, milk and cheese. Stir over low heat until cheese melts, then add spaghetti and tuna.

Turn into casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until top is browned. Serves 4-6.


Suzanne Allen of Mt. Lebanon would like a recipe for lemon cloud cake.

Toni Butts of Wilkins would like recipes for red potato salad and red potatoes with garlic similar to the potatoes served at Applebee's.

Ann Bayer of McKees Rocks would like a custard filling for cream puffs other than pudding.

If you want to answer a recipe request from a reader or are looking for a recipe yourself, please write to Kitchen Mailbox, c/o Arlene Burnett, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh 15222, or e-mail toaburnett@post-gazette.com . Please include a name, neighborhood/city/-borough/township and state and a daytime phone number on all correspondence.

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