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Tuna Casserole A Cheap Meal For The Family.

Updated on October 12, 2015
Cheap Meal for Family
Cheap Meal for Family

Tuna Casserole A Cheap Meal For The Family

This is a very affordable recipe. It's cheap and easy to make and can be made ahead and popped in the oven when you're ready. You can't go wrong with tuna. My husband likes this and he's not big on tuna. It's a good recipe to take for a church gathering or any kind of get together.

Tuna Casserole

  • Large can of tuna
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup
  • Use soup can pour in one can of milk
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups of bow tie pasta partly cooked about 5 minutes.
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1 cup of vegetables
  • 1/4 parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional boiled eggs
  • optional crushed potato chips
  • Mix all ingredients together except for tuna and pasta.
  • Pour into a large bowl sprayed with pam.
  • Then add cooked pasta and turn over.
  • Add tuna, turn over slowly so as not to break the tuna up to much.
  • You can add more milk say 1/2 cup if your casserole doesn't seem to have enough milk for all the items you have in it.
  • If you add eggs to this casserole I cook the eggs with the noodles then take the shells off chop up and add to casserole with the noodles.
  • Cook in 375°F oven for 60 minutes add crushed potato chips last 15 minutes.


Tuna Casserole
Tuna Casserole

Optional Items

Many items can be added to this casserole. I often use leftover vegetables. You can use frozen or canned.

  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Olives
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • Etc. just about anything you want.
  • Instead of milk you can use leftover cream, canned milk, buttermilk, skim milk or whole milk.
  • Pasta of any kind will work
  • Our favorite vegetable is the broccoli.

Adding Eggs To Tuna
Adding Eggs To Tuna

Like I said above if I add eggs I cook them with the noodles then peel and add the eggs. If they're not cooked all the way or soft boiled that's ok add them any way they will cook while the casserole is cooking.

Like listed above leftover milk can be used for this casserole without changing the taste. I often have buttermilk, cream, canned milk, skim milk or whole milk I need to use up. I use them up this casserole.

Fresh vegetables can be exchanged for canned or frozen.

Like Serra says below, in the comments, chicken can be exchanged for the tuna. In our family, we have two people that have allergies to tuna.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      looks easy for a dump a dish recipe, i love to try all in one dish, less work, voted up

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this is easy, at least for a fast dinner to a pack of famish kids

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Serra, Chicken would be a good exchange for tuna. Our son can't eat it with tuna because of an allergy. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you tried it.

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      Serra 3 years ago

      I just made this tonight with 2 cups of shredded chicken (hubby doesn't like tuna) extra cup of veggies, added a 1/2 cup sour cream, garlic powder and some Italian seasoning. We all loved it. It is for sure a keeper and going down in my recipe book.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you I appreciate the vote and the visit. It is a cheap meal to make.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Tuna casserole is a wonderful way to feed a family in a very economical way. I used to add tuna and peas to macaroni and cheese as a quick and easy tuna casserole when we were feeding our young family on a tight budget. I voted this up! Great info.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Kathryn Stratford, Your welcome. I'm like you sometimes I use what I have in vegetables and cheeses for this. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rebeccamealey, Your welcome so glad you came by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you for the share. My husband will eat it once in awhile so at least I get to have it. It's hard making one just for myself. I did have tuna yesterday.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks delicious! I like making casseroles. The tuna casserole I used to make had rice in it, but pasta would be a great type. I like all of the add-in options you suggested, too. Many times when I make a casserole. what I put in it depends on what I have, as well as what needs to be used up.

      Thanks for sharing this with us! I'm putting it on my list of things to make next week.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am always eager to try new tuna casserole recipes, and this one sounds like a keeper. Thanks, moonlake!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Too bad your husband does not like tuna. Fortunately mine does. We had a tuna salad for lunch just yesterday. Came back to share this recipe. Adding a variety of optional veggies to this makes it a nutritious and inexpensive meal for a family.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you for the votes and 5 stars. I use to love to make this casserole and take some to my son-in-law he loved it but he's gone now. I have to eat the whole thing just about by myself. My husband likes it but he's not real crazy about tuna.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We had many a tuna casserole when we were growing up and I always liked them. What I like about your recipe is that it allows for all kinds of variations and allows one to use up any leftover ingredients. Nice! Up, useful votes and giving this 5 stars.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      kmrhodes, I love tuna casserole and so did my son-in-law. I use to make this when our son-in-law was around it was his favorite. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it.

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      kmrhodes 4 years ago

      Thanx! I was just saying how much I would love to make this for my daughter and I, hubby is a nonfish eater. She can take some for her lunches at work a couple days.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      cabmgmnt, Thank you for stopping by. I like that it's easy to make and that it can be made ahead and put in the oven later.

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      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Looks good, this is one of my daughter's favorite meals, easy to make and enough for everyone!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Sherry Hewins, Oh yeah, cream of mushroom goes good on anything. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      It's pretty similar to my tuna casserole. Gotta love that cream of mushroom soup.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      barbergirl28, My husband is not crazy about tuna but he will eat this casserole. I love tuna. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I love Tuna Casserole... sadly... my husband does not. The closet I get to Tuna Casserole is tuna melts. I might just make it one day and see if he goes for it! :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      sgbrown, Your welcome if you get around to making it I hope you like it. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This recipe sounds great! Tuna is so good for you, I try to use it often. Thank you for a new recipe to try. Voted up and useful. Have a great day! :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Millionaire Tips, Thanks for coming by and leaving comment. Most people either really love tuna casseroles or just really hate them. I love them my husband doesn't.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I learned how make tuna noodle casserole in home ec at school. I was so excited, and have continued enjoying making it. I know what I'm having for dinner.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Sinea Pies,

      I hope you like it, our family does. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Just last night my husband asked me to find a tuna noodle casserole recipe to make for this weekend! Now I've found it. Thanks

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      JamaGenne, I love tuna casserole and I use to have a son-in-law that loved it. So I would always make it for him. My husband has gotten where he likes it too but does not want peas in it. I never thought of using boxed macaroni and cheese. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      My now-grown son still asks for my Tuna Casserole, and it HAS to have peas. I've *always* made it with boxed macaroni and cheese. Never occurred to me to use any other kind of pasta, but will have to try that. Might even add the mayo too. I used to include hard-boiled eggs but ran out of eggs one day and had to make it without and nobody noticed, so I skipped that step from then on! ;D

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      PegCole17 thanks for stopping by. No feels like cooking in this hot weather.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Great idea to add more veggies. I've never tried it with the added egg and mayo either. Sounds good. Makes we wish for cooler weather to get me in the baking mood.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      It is we just had it the other day. Thanks for leaving a comment and visiting my hub.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This dish sound totally delicous, thank you I'll try it

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      moonlake 7 years ago from America

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is very good. I love tuna so it's my favorite. Lots of people seem to hate it.

      Love your kitty.

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      This sounds very good. I like black olives so I will try them in it,I will make this casserole very soon Thanks!

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thanks for stopping by. I think it is good.

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      Jesus_saves_us_7 8 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      Mmm....sounds great!!!

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Your welcome hope you like it...Thanks for stopping by.

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      40 Something 8 years ago from Southern Ohio

      I think this will be dinner tonight. Thanks.

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thanks vintage chic for posting. I know what you mean by recipes that are comfort food. I use lots of my Mom's and my mother-in-laws recipes.

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      vintage chic 8 years ago

      Hi Moonlake! I keep making my mom's tuna noodle casserole...just so my son will know what it is! As a child of the 60's, tuna noodle was a staple in our dinner menu at least twice a month! My mom died twelve years ago, so her recipe is comfort food to me, and my sisters, even if no one outside our immediate family can stand it! By the way, thanks for posting a comment on my "purrfect" dvd hub! I have written 8 hubs and hope to have LOTS more to go!

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Good it's good and you don't have to put all the extra items such as eggs in it. I do always put in one raw egg.

      Thanks for posting and comments.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      This sounds great. We are having a casserole potluck at church soon so I might try this.

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      larrybass thanks for stopping by and for comments.

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      larrybass 8 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      Jeepers Moonlake, I can almost smell that meal of yours! This looks like THE Tuna Casserole, especially with the addition of eggs and olives. :-) I'm going to build one of those tomorrow. Thanx for the inspiration!

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thanks laringo hope you will like it. Thanks for comments.

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      laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      This recipe looks really good with quite a bit of ingredients. The more the better I say. I'm going to copy this one to make for the family.

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thanks johnr54 for comment.

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      Joanie Ruppel 8 years ago from Texas

      One of the first things my wife learned to make when we got married was tuna casserole. This looks like a good change of pace recipe we'll have to try.

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thank you for stopping by. We think it's good. Hope everyone else will like it.

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      seamist 8 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      This sounds absolutely delicious! I can hardly wait to try it.

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thanks C.S.Alexis for stopping by and for comments.

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      Nice variation to a great standby recipe. We will have to try it your way too!

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thanks for coming by and comments..

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      Netters 8 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Mmmm.....Can't wait to try this! Thank you for the recipe!

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Thanks DarleneMarie and mikeq107 for reading and for comments.

      I make this casserole in a large stoneware bowl. I'm not sure if the temp would be right for a different type of bowl. Stoneware is so heavy and takes longer to heat through.

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      mikeq107 8 years ago

      Sounds grea t:)

      When I lived in A house With YWAM in London England It was my favourite dish to make for everyone and it like you said inexspensive and a good source of high fiber and Gas :0)

      Happy new year !!!! Mike:0)

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      DarleneMarie 8 years ago from USA

      Your tuna casserole sounds really great and I'm eager to try it out on my family!

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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      Scottie JD green olives sounds pretty good. I'll try them.

      BkCreative not all my family loves tuna but my ex-son-in-law always loved this casserole. We had it tonight it was good. Left overs will be even better tomorrow.

      Triplet Mom everyone use to make tuna casserole but I think people kind of got away from casseroles. Their always so cheap to make..

      Thanks to all of you for posting.

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      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

      Moonlake, my mom used to make tuna casserole all the time, I had completely forgotten about them until now. Thanks for sharing, I think I will make one.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Moonlake, I have always loved a tuna casserole - and haven't made one in awhile. I think it's time.

      Thanks!

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      Scottie JD 8 years ago

      Sounds great, but the best tasting one has about 1 cup sliced green olives. The combo of tuna and olives makes the casserole zing

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