Smarter Than Pancakes

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tuna Casserole (Please don’t try this at home.)

Filed under: Uncategorized — shaye3 @ 10:17 am

No, I haven’t hit my head, but I’m actually posting a cream of crap casserole recipe! It’s all for a good cause–nostalgia! This post is my homage to the Gallery of Regrettable Foods!

I’m joining a blogging event called

I was visiting Elle’s blog, and found out that Sarah at Homemade wants to know what foods remind us of our childhood! Steve and I started talking about all of the disgusting stuff our moms used to make when we were kids, and I landed on Tuna Casserole. It was one of the first things my mom taught me to make (after pancakes from a mix), and I made it fairly frequently when Steve and I first got married–before I learned anything about nutrition and how to cook things from scratch. (Hey, we also ate Hamburger Helper. What did we know?) 😉

PLEASE, I’m begging you, either go over to Sarah’s Blog and join the event before midnight on 5/23, or leave me a comment about what foods remind you of your childhood. (I’m dying to hear about other people’s regrettable foods!)    Sarah’s results will be posted on Monday, May 26th on her blog.

Ok, check this out—

How can anything that starts out like this be bad? (I haven’t opened a can of cream-o-crap soup in a while. I have to say I’m not impressed with these new fangled easy open cans and “creamier” consistency. I liked it better when you opened the can and a whole blob of can-shaped soup plopped into the pan.)

Here’s the finished product. It actually could have baked a little longer, but we had to leave. (Please notice the original aluminum pan that my mom always made this in. She gave it to me several years ago when she determined that aluminum pans caused Alzheimer’s disease. I told her I would chance it because the pan has an awesome sliding lid.)

Here is the actual serving. (Note all lack of color. We ate our tuna casserole out of the very same kind of Corelle dish when I was a kid, too. Come to think of it, most of my childhood meals were beige food served on white dishes. Seventies food was YUM!)

Tuna Casserole
Makes a 9×13 pan–so however many servings that is.

1 16 oz. box elbow macaroni

1 12 oz. can tuna packed in water

1 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup

1 can Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese soup

1-2 cups frozen peas

1 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed

1-2 Tbs. margarine

Crisco to grease the pan

  1. Grease a 9×13 baking pan (I used pan spray) and preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Boil your noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  3. In your now-empty noodle boiling pan, combine the undrained tuna and both cans of soup.
  4. Fold in the noodles and peas, combining well to distribute the “sauce” and peas evenly.
  5. Pour the whole mess into your prepared pan.
  6. Top with crushed saltines, dot the top with small pieces of margarine (I used butter) and place into your preheated oven.
  7. Bake until golden brown on top–roughly 45-60 minutes.

Ok, I’ll admit that I did sub sweet baby peas for the huge, tasteless peas that my mom used. I also used pan spray instead of Crisco and real butter instead of the margarine my mom would have used. I did totally use the canned soup though!

If anyone’s interested, I’m sure I can come up with a scratch version of this for you. I just needed to use the original recipe for this event for authenticity.



  1. OH, this post is cracking me up right now… I made something awful this weekend and was trying to figure out how to break it out on my blog… thanks for the lead-in! LOL, I’ll post it tonight.

    Comment by the delish — Monday, May 19, 2008 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  2. Oh my God. One of my absolute favorites from childhood! That, and Manwich sloppy joes!

    Comment by Elle — Monday, May 19, 2008 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  3. What a blast from the past! I LOVE tuna casserole!!! And lmao Elle…Nothing makes a sandwich like a Manwich. 🙂

    Comment by canarygirl — Tuesday, May 20, 2008 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  4. You know that’s making me hungry. I have a love/hate relationship with the campbell’s casseroles– love to eat them, hate to admit it. And they’re so not photogenic. But they’re so delicous… and not very healthy… but filling…

    Comment by Renaedujour — Tuesday, May 27, 2008 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

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