Retro-Metro Fancy Tuna Casserole

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1/2 loaf day-old crusty bread or 2 crusty day-old rolls

1 to 1 1/4 pounds tuna steaks, 1-inch thick -- 2 big steaks

1 cup white wine


1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon peppercorns

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil -- 1 turn of the pan

4 tablespoons butter, divided

2 large shallots, chopped

16 small button mushrooms, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons ground thyme or poultry seasoning

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half

1 cup baby frozen peas

1 pound extra-wide egg noodles, cooked to al dente or 12 ounces, 1 box, egg fettuccini

Chopped fresh parsley leaves, to garnish


  1. Place bread in warm oven, 250 degrees F, to dry and toast, 20 minutes.
  2. Place tuna in a skillet and add wine, then water -- just enough to cover fish. Add bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring liquids to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover skillet. Poach fish for 12 minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil, 1 turn of the pan, and 2 tablespoons butter--reserve remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Add shallots and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Saute gently for 5 minutes. Sprinkle in ground thyme or poultry seasoning and flour and cook flour 1 minute, stirring with whisk. Whisk in stock, then cream. Adjust seasonings. Add peas.
  4. Remove cooked, poached tuna to a bowl and flake fish with a fork.
  5. Add cooked noodles and tuna to sauce. Remove sauce from heat and transfer mixture to a casserole or serving dish.
  6. Use the widest cutting edge on a box grater to grate the bread into large crumbs. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small cup in microwave and pour melted butter over bread, Scatter buttery bread crumbs and parsley over the top of the casserole. Serve immediately.