Italian Tuna Bake Supremo

by Susan Domek Mason
(Milton, WA.)


I love trying new recipes and new foods.

Not too long ago a friend of mine introduced me to "Italian Tuna". WOW!! What a huge difference. Any, any family would totally enjoy this creamy, comforting delicious dish. I hope you try it and love it too.

INGREDIENTS

  • non stick olive oil spray
  • 2 Tb. olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 2 Tb. butter
  • 2/3 c. celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 1/2 c. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 c. half & half
  • 1 c. ricotta
  • 2 Tb. parsley
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 c. artichoke pieces, roughly chopped
  • 12 oz. Gemelli pasta, or rigatoni, cooked according to directions and drained
  • 12 oz. Italian Tuna, in olive oil,undrained
  • 1 or 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tb. fresh basil, chopped
    topping:
  • 3 oz. crushed Italian Bread sticks (about 3/4 c.)
  • 3 Tb. melted butter
  • 2 Tb. parsley
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tb. fresh basil, chopped for the top of the casserole after it is baked.

    PREPARATION

  • In a medium bowl mix crushed bread sticks, melted butter, parsley and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Spray large baking dish with non stick olive oil spray.
  • In large sauce pot add oil and butter. Heat to medium high heat and add celery, shallot and garlic. Saute for 2 or 3 minutes stirring often.
  • When the celery is getting tender add the broth half & half, ricotta, parsley, nutmeg and sea salt. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add artichokes, pasta, tuna and oil, green onion and basil.
  • Pour into large baking dish, and evenly sprinkle with topping.
  • Drizzle with a little oil.
  • Bake at 350 degrees covered for 15 minutes and uncovered for another 15 minutes or until it is bubbling.
  • Sprinkle with fresh basil.

    Serve with extra artichokes, olive oil and basil.

    Serves 4 people

    Bon Appetito!

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    Mar 21, 2011
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    Holy Tuna Upbeat
    by: Anonymous

    Yummmm...should have placed in the top three though!!!

    Jan 03, 2011
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    And Colors of Italy, Too!!!
    by: Anonymous

    It is really all together -- looks fabulous, inviting and delicious....
    Can't wait to try it..Thanks for the twist of
    Tuna Casserole.

    Jan 02, 2011
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    Love it!
    by: Karie

    This is a great twist on the typical Italian casserole. Plus it is easy on the pocket book. :)

    Jan 02, 2011
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    How wonderful! A new twist toTuna Casserole
    by: Anonymous

    This recipe sounds so good as I love Tuna Casserole but this does it! Going to have to try . Have never had Italian Tuna...How creative of this person!!! Wonderful! Amore!!!

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