#SundaySupper: Retro

I have a confession to make. And it’ll probably show my age, or lack there of. The theme for today’s #SundaySupper is Retro. That means food from the 50’s-70’s. I was stumped. The only thing I knew about retro food was from a challenge on Next Food Network Star one season. The contestents were given a dish considered retro and had to modernize it. And from that the only dish I could recall was Tuna Noodle Casserole. (Oh, I think pork chops and applesauce is one?)

So, that’s what I made. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’d never had tuna noodle casserole, at least not that I can remember. The only time I eat canned tuna is as a tuna salad sandwich from a sub shop during Lent. This casserole was a perfect opportunity to try something new Friday night. I was very pleased to not only enjoy it hot out of the oven, but reheated in the microwave! I never, repeat, never eat leftover fish. Leftover shrimp is iffy, too. But when my husband reheated a bowl for lunch and it smelled amazing I had to get myself a serving, too.

And now for a little history behind Tuna Noodle Casserole: This casserole dish became popular in the 50’s due to it’s simplicity, quickness, and low cost of packaged ingredients. This comfort food staple became a potluck standard. (Source: Wikipedia)

A big thank you to Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks for hosting this fun event! Be sure to scroll past my recipe to see a list of blast-from-the-past recipes. I am looking forward to seeing the gang’s retro recipes and expand my little culinary world.

This casserole makes six servings.

Tuna Noodle Casserole


  • 1/2 lb wide egg noodles
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 3/4 C milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp spicy mustard (I used El Diablo Steakhouse)
  • 1 C frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese, divided use
  • 2 cans (5oz) tuna in water, drained and flaked


  1. Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and carrot until carrots are almost tender. Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir until flour is absorbed and mixture is thick.
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thick, stirring constantly. Melt in the cream cheese and 1/4 C of the Paremsan. Add mustard and season to taste with S+P.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the noodles and tuna. Place casserole in a lightly greased broiler-safe casserole dish. Top with remaining Parmesan. Place under the broiler for 5 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

*This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light at http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/tuna-noodle-casserole-0*

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Tuna Steaks

There were some pretty looking tuna steaks at the fish counter, so we bought two. I know it doesn’t sound crazy adventurous – buying tuna instead of say, squid. But I’d never prepared tuna steaks before. When it comes to fish, I usually stick with salmon or tilapia. I absolutely love grouper and mahi mahi, but I’ve never prepared my own.

Tuna SteaksI seasoned the fish with plenty of pepper, salt, and dried herbs and cooked them in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil. Spritzed with fresh lemon juice and provided pesto (I used my Nut-Free Basil Pesto) for dipping.

An Original Recipe

Tuna Steaks


  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tuna steaks
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Combine herbs, salt and pepper. Rub onto both sides of the fish.
  2. Sear fish over medium heat in olive oil. Cook to desired done-ness.

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