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Not Tuna Casserole

April 2007
Not Tuna Casserole

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

  • 1 pound egg fettuccine or pappardelle pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 14 ounce can  artichoke hearts in water, drained and thinly sliced
  • 4 ribs celery from the heart, thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 12 ounce cans  Italian tuna or tuna in water, drained
  • 1 cup green peas
  • Flat-leaf parsley, chopped (a generous handful)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
  2. While the pasta is working, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and stir for a minute, then whisk in the milk and cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Keep warm.
  3. In a large, deep skillet, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the artichokes, celery, shallots and garlic, and salt and pepper to taste; cook until tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the tuna, breaking it up with a fork. Stir in the peas to warm through. Add the pasta and sauce and toss to combine. Top with the parsley, thyme and lemon peel.
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