There are winter days that call for "special measures". In this case, a piping hot casserole of pasta twirls, melted cheddar cheese, and albacore tuna (fresh from the can!) served such a purpose. The fact that I'd purchased the 1-pound box of pasta for 99¢ and the tuna for 75¢-a-can warmed my heart even more. This dish flowed together quickly and efficiently.
2 cans tuna
sea salt & pepper
½ box pasta twirls
bottled water (this house has metallic-tasting well water)
6 oz. or so cheddar cheese
While the water for pasta is coming to a boil, drain and fork apart canned tuna into a small bowl. Season liberally with dried parsley, salt & pepper. Drizzle olive oil over it. Mix well and let sit.
Once pasta is in the water, pre-heat the oven to 375℉.
While pasta is cooking to desired consistency, grate cheese and set aside. Lightly oil the bottom of a shallow baking dish.
Drain cooked pasta, spread into baking dish, add to it the grated cheese, then the seasoned tuna on top. Place uncovered in the oven for 10 minutes or so - till the cheese is perfectly melted.
By the time the melt is ready, you've cleaned everything up and are ready to enjoy your labors of love :) It's no work at all.
Thought this would make two meals for me… Hah! Closer to one!!!