Perky Tuna Casserole

I received two Kiva Smoked Spanish Paprika to try- sweet and hot (from Tomoson, in exchange for my honest opinion). And seeing as I love paprika, especially with fish, especially with easy dinner recipes, I wanted to share this family stand-by.

First, the paprika:

The 'sweet' is not, to my tongue, sweet. It's very smokey, which is wonderful, and earthy without any bitterness.
The 'hot' has a nice fiery edge to it- not at the level of cayenne, but enough to perk up the tongue, which makes a great compliment to the smokiness. This one, I'm going to use as a rub on a pork roast I plan to grill.

Both are imported from the La Vera region of Spain. Hand-harvested peppers are smoke-dried over oak for 14 days. These are rich, robust spices to use!
I love them for it.

Now, the recipe:

You'll need

3 cups cooked noodles
2 jalapeños
4-5 green onions
2-4 cloves garlic
2 pinches salt
1 Tbsp paprika (I used Kiva Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cans tuna, drained
1 can "Cream of" soup (I used mushroom, but chicken also works well)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese

  1. Cook the noodles according to the directions, and place in a casserole dish after draining.

  2. Seed and chop jalapeños.

  3. Slice the green onions.

  4. Mince the garlic.

  5. Combine jalapeños, green onions, garlic, salt, paprika, mayonnaise and tuna and stir until well combined.

  6. In a separate bowl, combine "cream of" soup and milk, and heat until warm throughout. 

  7. Stir in the shredded cheese, and heat again until it's melted (you want a smooth consistency after stirring).

  8. Pour mayonnaise mixture and soup mixture over noodles, and toss like a salad.

  9. Top with crushed potato chips and/or crispy fried onions.

  10. Bake, uncovered, at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

It's pretty darn easy, and can be made up ahead of time. You can also cook it in the crock pot on low for 4 hours, if you prefer (you may need to add water or broth in this case, to keep the noodles from drying out). Want more spice? Use the spicy smoked paprika and/or more jalapeños.


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