Tuna Casserole Fit for a Feline!

Today is my precious Noelle’s 14th birthday! I can hardly believe it. I remember when she and her brother both fit in the palm of my hands at a tiny 8 weeks old. We lost our precious Andy, Noelle’s brother, earlier this summer to heart disease. A gentle and clumsy giant at 18 lbs, Andy was as mellow as they come.  And he loved food just as much as his momma! 🙂  Not a day goes by that I don’t miss his sweet, kitten-like face.  Noelle, at a petite 9 lbs is feisty and as sweet as pie. When she wants to be! 😉 She has amazed me with her independence after the loss of her brother, not knowing a day without him to being an only kitty.

To celebrate Noelle’s birthday and Andy’s life, we had Tuna Casserole! Noelle loves (LOVES!) “people food”, especially the baked-good kind – cake, muffins, pastries…  I can’t open a can of ANYTHING without her thinking it’s tuna and I better not even think about having ice-cream without sharing. She wont allow it! 😉

Tuna Casserole!

Tuna Casserole

1 (12-ounce) package egg noodles
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced & sautéed
Butter or olive oil, for sautéing
3 stalks celery, sliced in half and chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 1/2 (12-ounce) cans tuna, drained
2 (10.75-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
Fried onions, optional for topping (or potato chips!)
Cayenne pepper, optional

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.

2. Over medium heat, saute mushrooms in butter or olive oil until slightly soft. Remove from heat.

3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

4. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix noodles, onion, 1 cup cheese (1/2 cup of cheddar & 1/2 cup of swiss), peas, mushrooms, celery, tuna, soup. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish, sprinkle with cayenne pepper, top with remaining cheese and fried onions if using.  Quick tip: mix the peas, celery, onion, tuna and mushrooms in a deep baking dish, add noodles, soup and cheese; mix. Sprinkle with cayenne, top with remaining cheese and fried onions. This eliminates an unnecessary dish/bowl needing to be washed! 🙂

5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is bubbly.

Tuna Casserole HOT outta the oven! Mmmm… comfort food!!

My favorite picture of Noelle & Andy, 4 years old.

My precious Andy. Happy Birthday, Pum’kin!
October 1, 1998 – June 3, 2012

The Birthday girl havin’ a lil’ cake! 🙂

Happy 14th Birthday, Sweetheart!

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Tuna Casserole Fit for a Feline!

  1. Oh such pretty kitties! I lost one of mine (she was 12) back in March, so I know the feeling. But I still have my two other guys to keep me (and each other) company. I love that you gave Noelle tuna casserole! My husband has gotten our cats hooked on people food too — though it’s mainly potato chips and turkey. =)

    • Thank you so very much!! 🙂 I’m sorry to hear of your loss. It’s hard, isn’t it!? 😦 I worry about Noelle no longer having companionship, but she’s doing fine and I’ve noticed that a neighboorhood cat has taken a liking to her from the other side of our front door. LOL! She didn’t actually get to have any Tuna Casserole last night. I was going to give her some noodles, but she was satisfied with the tuna she got while I was preparing dinner. And of course cake, she had to have a little Birthday cake! 🙂

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