Created by Kittencal on July 14, 2020
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2: Grease a 9x11-inch casserole dish or 2-quart baking dish. Set aside.
Step 3: Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain, place into a large bowl and set aside.
Step 4: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, celery, bell pepper, and onion; cook about 3 mins stirring continuously so that not to burn.
Step 5: Stir in flour, seasoned salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Slowly add in the cream or milk/cream mixture and the small peas; stir constantly over medium until thick and bubbly. Stir in Dijon mustard until combined then the cheddar cheese until smooth. Then fold in the smoked tuna. Add in more salt and pepper if desired.
Step 6: Add tuna mixture to the cooked noodles until combined. Transfer mixture into the prepared dish (at this point you can cover and refrigerate up to 2 days, add topping before baking).
Step 7: Combine Panko, Parmesan cheese, smoked paprika, dried parsley and melted butter in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top.
Step 8: Bake for about 30 minutes, uncovered, or until heated through and golden brown on top. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.