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Tuna Melt Casserole

Tuna Melt Casserole
A classic tuna melt is transformed with Comté and Cheshire cheeses,sun-dried tomatoes, crispy bacon,and farfalle (bowtie) pasta.
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SAUCE
  1. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 3 tablespoons flour
  3. 1½ cups milk, room temperature
  4. 2 cups Comté cheese, shredded
  5. Salt, to taste
  6. White pepper, to taste
CASSEROLE
  1. 1 pound farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  2. 1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  3. 2 cans oil-packed tuna, drained well
  4. ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  5. 1½ cups Cheshire cheese, shredded
  6. ½ cup chopped chives
SAUCE
  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When bubbling, add flour. Reduce heat slightly and cook, stirring, until roux is pale blonde and smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Slowly add milk, whisking to incorporate. Run a rubber spatula around saucepan edges to remove any flour clumps. Bring to a gentle simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Add Comté cheese, and stir until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
CASSEROLE
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta in well-salted boiling water in a large stockpot according to package instructions, until just shy of al dente. Drain, cover, and set aside.
  2. Combine ⅔ cup crumbled bacon (reserve ⅓ cup for topping), tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, and farfalle. Add cheese sauce and mix well. Pour into a lightly greased 3-quart casserole dish, and top with Cheshire cheese.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, until top is golden brown. (Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, if necessary.) Top with reserved crumbled bacon and chives. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
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