Tuna noodle Casserole and Apple Sauce

This dish is roughly based upon a Weight Watchers recipe that is not on the web but is similar to this one.  Only Denise doesn't like peas.  I use sauteed onions, red pepper, minced garlic, a half can of corn kernels, and 1/2 can chopped olives instead.  In the Homemade Applesauce  i  used honey instead of the white sugar.  I made it last night so it could be served chilled ... dinked a bit with the texture by putting it in the food processor for a couple of spins ... seems that to be popular in this house it needs to feel like Mott's.  

This is a dish that i have been working on for a long time. Served it last time when grandma was here and it was well received by all.  I thought there was too much noodles and it was dryer than i had wanted.  This time there will be only 1/2 cup of noodles rather than a full cup, and will substitute pasta water for the milk.  Maybe some fresh herbs and or sage and hot pepper flakes ... i don't know.



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Post analysis:  Perhaps a bit too much pepper flakes and Tabasco ... back off on that just a mite.  I tried to make a crust with bread crumbs and grated Parisian ... didn't really work ... skip it next time.  I put a 1/2 tsp of ground sage in it, but couldn't really taste it.  I used a heaping 1/2 cup of Penna pasta ... try a 1/3 cup next time.  Me thinks i nailed the apple sauce ... Denise said it was a tad too sweet and still a bit lumpy and asked to go back to the Mott's.  I'll back off on some sugar next time and give it a couple more spins in the food processor.  

My garnish was small sliced pieces of celery and fennel drizzled in my horseradish mustard dipping sauce.  Worked for me, but next time try to get tender pieces of the fennel.

Cooking time about 1 hour.

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  3. tuna
  4. applesauce
  5. food
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