Tuna casserole and Wedding ceremony Soup

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I do know that it may be unhealthy to equate meals with love, however when your daughter is having a nasty week and also you’ve run out of phrases, what’s left however to say, “Honey, you need me to make tuna casserole tonight?”

Or chocolate chip cookies? Or spaghetti casserole? (Discover how most consolation meals are excessive in fats and energy? It’s so unfair. However right here we’re. Return to Whole30 recipes tomorrow.)

Positive, a few of us have taken the idea of consolation meals to an excessive for the reason that begin of the pandemic (howdy, 30 further kilos), however who can blame us? Resolve can exit the window whenever you get kicked within the enamel one too many instances.

I received this tuna casserole recipe from a pal 15 years in the past, and it’s been a household favourite ever since. I’ve made it for ailing associates and pot lucks (keep in mind these?) and it all the time will get rave opinions. Noodles. Cheese. Pasta. Potato chips. How will you go incorrect?

We’re additionally together with a recipe from our leisure editor, Beth Rankin, who says she loves riffing on this Low-Dedication Wedding ceremony Soup (nice title, too, isn’t it?) from Bon Appetit. It’s definitely not as straightforward to make because the tuna casserole, however it’s so comforting and versatile.

What’s your favourite consolation meals? Ship me a recipe and we’ll publish a number of them.

Tacky Tuna Casserole

Makes 4-6 servings.


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 10-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 7-ounce can of tuna, drained
  • garlic salt, to style
  • crushed potato chips or bread crumbs (or if you’d like a zing, use jalapeno-flavored potato chips)


In a medium-sized pot, saute onion in butter till translucent. Stir in soup, milk, 3/4 cup of cheese, tuna and macaroni. Add garlic salt to style (about 1/2 teaspoon or so; you may all the time sprinkle extra on when consuming it). Pour into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. High with remaining cheese and potato chips or bread crumbs. Bake at 350 levels for half-hour till the highest will get barely brown and bubbly. Mmmmmmmm.

Prepare dinner’s notes: I all the time double this as a result of it goes so quick, and use a 9-by-13 casserole dish. And certain, you may add peas, however why mess with perfection?

Low-Dedication Wedding ceremony Soup

This model of Italian marriage ceremony soup makes use of spinach as a substitute of escarole. (Getty Pictures)

“This recipe takes all the precise shortcuts and not one of the incorrect ones,” writes Claire Saffitz of Bon Appetit. “We physician up candy Italian sausage for the meatballs, go for including canned beans as a substitute of boiling pasta in a separate pot, and nonetheless handle to make an uber-flavorful soup with out having to name for boxed hen inventory. It’s one-pot, one-bowl magic.”

We additionally love that this recipe has loads of swappable components should you’re attempting to scrub out the fridge. We’ve swapped fennel for leeks, beans for sliced potatoes and escarole for kale or another greens that have to be used up.

Makes 8 servings.


  • 1 pound candy Italian sausage
  • ¾ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 garlic cloves, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium head of fennel with fronds
  • 2 medium onions
  • ½ teaspoon crushed crimson pepper flakes
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 4-ounce piece Parmesan with rind
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans
  • 1 small head of escarole


Reduce shallow slits in every sausage hyperlink, then take away sausage from casings; switch sausage to a medium bowl. Add ½ cup panko, 2 tablespoons oil, and a pair of tablespoons water. Peel and finely grate 1 garlic clove on a microplane into bowl. Season flippantly with salt and blend together with your fingers till breadcrumbs are evenly distributed.

Portion meat into small meatballs about 1 inch in diameter (oil your fingers to assist with rolling if combination will get sticky) and switch to a plate. Warmth 2 tablespoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium. Add meatballs, spacing evenly aside, and cook dinner undisturbed till first aspect is darkish brown, about 5 minutes. Utilizing tongs, flip meatballs and cook dinner till different aspect can also be properly browned, about 4 minutes. Switch again to plate and put aside.

Take away pot from warmth and prep the remainder of the soup components: First, take away fennel fronds from 1 head of fennel and save for garnishing the soup. Reduce fennel head in half lengthwise. Reduce a V-shaped notch in every half to take away the core. Place halves lower aspect down, then thinly slice crosswise.

Peel and trim 2 onions. Reduce in half lengthwise and coarsely chop. Smash 6 garlic cloves (hold remaining clove for the tip) and peel. Place Dutch oven again over medium warmth and add fennel, onion, and smashed garlic; season with salt and ½ teaspoon crimson pepper flakes. Prepare dinner, stirring sometimes, till greens are golden brown and softened, 6–8 minutes. Stir in ½ cup wine and scrape backside to dissolve any remaining stuck-on browned bits.

Add 8 cups water; season generously with salt. Slice down alongside Parmesan rind to take away and add to soup; set cheese apart. Carry to a simmer, then scale back to a delicate simmer. Prepare dinner uncovered till broth is golden and flavorful, 25–half-hour. Season with extra salt if wanted.

Open 15-ounce can beans and pour right into a strainer or small colander. Rinse beans and shake to take away extra water, then switch to pot together with meatballs. Carry again to a simmer and cook dinner, stirring sometimes, till broth is barely thickened from beans and meatballs are cooked and have launched a few of their taste into the broth, 10 to fifteen minutes.