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Creamy Tuna Noodle Bake Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 8 oz egg noodles
- 2 cans of tuna, drained
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- 9x13 inch baking dish
- Large pot for boiling noodles
- Medium saucepan for making sauce
- Mixing bowl

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Cook egg noodles according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add chopped onion and celery and cook until softened.
4. Add flour to the saucepan and stir until well combined.
5. Gradually add milk to the saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
6. Add shredded cheddar cheese to the saucepan and stir until melted.
7. Add drained tuna and frozen peas to the saucepan and stir until well combined.
8. Add cooked egg noodles to the saucepan and stir until everything is evenly coated.
9. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
10. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top of the mixture.
11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the mixture is heated through.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
Serving size:
6 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 420
Fat: 20g
Carbohydrates: 38g
Protein: 23g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can use any type of pasta instead of egg noodles.
- You can use fresh or canned peas instead of frozen peas.
- You can use any type of cheese instead of cheddar cheese.

- Add sliced mushrooms to the saucepan for extra flavor.
- Use canned salmon instead of tuna.
- Add chopped bell peppers for extra crunch.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to drain the tuna well to avoid a watery mixture.
- You can use panko breadcrumbs for a crunchier topping.
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

Storage instructions:
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve in individual ramekins for a fancy presentation.

Sprinkle chopped parsley over the top for a pop of color.

Serve with a side salad or garlic bread.

Suggested side dishes:
- Caesar salad
- Roasted vegetables
- Garlic bread

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the mixture is too thick, add a splash of milk to thin it out.
- If the mixture is too thin, add a tablespoon of flour to thicken it up.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the dish until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure it is safe to eat.

Food history:
Tuna noodle casserole became popular in the United States in the 1950s as a way to use canned tuna in a tasty and affordable way.

Flavor profiles:
Creamy, savory, cheesy, and slightly sweet.

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot and enjoy as a main dish for lunch or dinner.

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Taste: Creamy, Savory, Cheesy, Fishy, Umami