Okay, so this is NOT your grandmother’s tuna casserole. Yes, there is tuna, and yes, there are noodles. But there are also artichoke hearts and there is also feta cheese, and there is absolutely no cream-of-anything soup. The teenager still ran screaming from the room, but the Southern husband and I loved it.
You really must use tuna packed in oil for this one. I think we have all been so brainwashed into using the packed in water variety that you now have to look hard for the packed in oil kind, but it really does make a big difference. (It’s also great in this recipe for tuna salad, by the way.) The packed in oil kind has a rich, delicious flavor that the water kind just doesn’t have. In this recipe it blends with the feta cheese and the artichokes to give it a little bit of an exotic Greek flavor.
So the next time you get that longing for a warm, comforting tuna casserole (and don’t we all get those?), give this one a try. It makes great leftovers, too.
MEDITERRANEAN TUNA CASSEROLE, adapted from Everyday Food