Tuna Casserole

This has been a bit of a rough week for Noodle … and Mom, here, always runs toward comfort food for dinner on those really bad days.  We all define comfort food differently. For me, it’s food that I remember from childhood. It’s not fancy. It’s not even always pretty. It is, however, always comforting as those familiar smells waft from my oven.  It reminds me of my mom standing over a stove preparing dinner, or waking up in my grandparents house to the smell of bacon frying.  It’s funny how food can bring back a flood of memories you’d long forgotten.  

Tuna casserole was one of Mom’s go-to easy dinners.  It doesn’t take much to whip this up … there are as many ways to make it as people making it.  I think I make a little different every time! My standard recipe is a box of elbow macaroni, two cans of tuna, peas, Velveeta cheese, cream soup and American cheese or Ritz crackers for the topping.  Yes … I said Velveeta … it gives the casserole a thick silky texture you just don’t get with cheese. There is nothing overly healthy about this recipe (except peas and tuna?) and it’s not pretty to scoop out into a bowl, but it warms the soul. Maybe that’s all that matters sometimes. Oh, and Noodle loves it.  Sometimes, THAT’s all that matters! 

 

Tuna Casserole
Serves 6
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330 calories
38 g
48 g
10 g
21 g
6 g
166 g
4414 g
7 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
166g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330
Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 48mg
16%
Sodium 4414mg
184%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A
19%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
28%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 12-16oz box macaroni
  2. 1 10oz can cream of onion soup (or chicken, celery, etc)
  3. 1/2 cup milk
  4. 8oz Velveeta cheese, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
  5. 1 cup frozen peas
  6. 2 5oz cans of tuna packed in water
  7. Sliced American cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain well.
  3. In a large casserole dish, combine soup, milk, Velveeta, peas and tuna. Add cooked pasta and mix thoroughly.
  4. Cover casserole with a layer of American cheese slices.
  5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes to allow Velveeta to melt.
Notes
  1. Serve with crusty French bread and garlic butter spread.
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calories
330
fat
10g
protein
21g
carbs
38g
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    Grandma March 29, 2014 (12:05 pm)

    What matters most … Is that the Noodle ears the noodles!

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