Crunchy Creamy Tuna Casserole

tuna casserole

One of my all time favorite dinners, growing up, was tuna noodle casserole. I’m sure many people my age have their own favorite version of this classic dish. My mom made the one with lots of peas inside and crushed potato chips on top.

Now that I’m a grown up (most days, anyway 😉 I still love a good tuna casserole. It’s comfort food, don’t you think? However, I don’t keep canned peas in the house, and I thought there had to be a more gourmet way to replicate the crunchy goodness of crushed potato chips.  Let me tell you that panko really does the trick.

The main difference between panko and regular breadcrumbs is that panko are large flakes, rather than just little crumbs. This textural difference means that panko absorbs less grease and cooks up lighter and crisper than your run-of-the-mill breadcrumb.

Crunchy Creamy Tuna Casserole


2 cans (10.5 oz each) condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 cup milk

2 cups frozen country style mixed vegetables (the one without the peas)

2 cans (10 oz. each) tuna in water, drained

4 cups hot, cooked extra wide egg noodles

1 cup shredded Mexican four cheese blend, divided

2 Tbsp. panko breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp. butter, melted


Stir soup, milk, mixed veggies, noodles, and half the cheese in a 3 qt. casserole dish.

Bake at 400F for 30 minutes or until hot.

Mix panko with butter in a bowl and sprinkle over tuna mixture. Top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden brown. If mixture is already hot and bubbly, turn the oven to low broil for one minute to brown the panko/cheese mixture more quickly.

tuna casserole


Emma In the Night Book Review #WhatHappenedtoEmma

Title: Emma In the Night

Author: Wendy Walker

Genre: Suspense

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: August 8, 2017

Format: Kindle/Hardcover

Pages: 320 pages

About the Book:

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

AmazonMy Review:

Emma in the Night is a fast-paced, suspenseful read that will leave you guessing up until the very end. It is, on its surface, a story of a story of love, betrayal, and life with a person with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

This story was a difficult read for me, because it brought back memories of lies and betrayal in my own life. One of the quotes that really hit home with me was this:

Not knowing, not seeing, being deceived – it makes you question everything you have come to trust. It makes you doubt your own judgment, and the truths you have come to believe in, which sometimes are so deeply embedded, you don’t even know they’re there, shaping your thoughts.

Possibly as a result of so much unease, I have walked around, sometimes for months, in a constant state of edginess.

People who have a scream are too sad or laugh too hard, swear too much, use drugs or never sit still. Sometimes they sing at the top of their lungs with the windows rolled down. I don’t think people are born with it. I think other people put it inside you with the things they do to you, and say to you, or the things you see them do or say to other people. And I don’t think you can get rid of it. If you don’t have a scream, you can’t understand.

For a long time I felt like:

Everyone I could ever trust, everyone you could ever trust, could betray you.

It took me a long time to realize that:

a) We all make mistakes, and not every mistake is a personal insult.

b) I can either sit on eggshells, waiting to feel betrayed again, or I can work on trusting again.

Anyway, enough about me. Whether or not you can identify with the dysfunctional family issues present in Emma In the Night, if you love suspense-filled dramatic stories, then this one is for you!

I give Emma in the Night five stars!!! A must read!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All my opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Wendy Walker is an attorney and former investment banker. Her first thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller with movie rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Warner Brothers. The paperback will be out on July 18, 2017. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, will be released on August 8, 2017. Wendy lives in Connecticut where she is busy raising her three sons and writing her next novel.