Beer Cheese Tuna Noodle Casserole

Hi! I made a tuna casserole with cheese, beer, and panko bread crumbs. I wasn't planning on making this a blog post (hence the not so great picture), but it was really yummy and easy so I wanted to share. I just used stuff I had around the house and added Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, which lent it's rye and hops for a zestier dish. This dish gives you everything you crave: creaminess, cheesiness, and crunchiness. Hope you're not on a diet :)

  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1 5 oz can chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Add the penne pasta to the water and cook for 11 minutes. Drain and place in a large casserole dish. Over low heat, melt the butter in a small pan and add the half and half. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in flour. Return to heat and add the beer, garlic powder, and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese. Add this mixture and the tuna to the pasta and combine well. Top with panko bread crumbs and some extra cheese. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until the panko starts to brown.