Grown-Up Tuna (Now Crab) Casserole

Recipe by Caroline Cooks
READY IN: 50mins




  • Pick the crab meat, removing any shell or cartilage. Set aside. Cook and drain noodles. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat four 1-cup-capacity baking dishes or one 9” round baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter and set aside.
  • Melt remaining butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and cook until soft.
  • Add tomato paste and garlic and cook, stirring continuously, for 5 minutes.
  • Move pan away from the heat and add brandy or chicken broth.
  • Return to heat and bring mixture to a boil, whisking continuously.
  • Reduce heat to medium low, add 1 cup water, and simmer until thickened slightly — about 10-12 minutes.
  • Strain mixture and stir in cream, remaining salt, and pepper.
  • Add egg noodles, crab meat, and lemon juice and toss to coat.
  • Divide mixture evenly among the prepared baking dishes, cover with foil, and bake until cooked through and the noodles are hot — about 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with thyme sprigs and serve immediately.