Tuna Casserole
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Grandpa’s Tuna Casserole – No Cream Soup Needed

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Did you grow up on casseroles? As a child of the 80’s, I definitely did. Tuna casserole was always a favorite. Since moving away from home, I think I’ve only had a casserole a handful of times.

My husband is the main cook in our house (I’m the baker) and he usually makes meat with a side of some kind. He doesn’t follow recipes if he can help it. I decided that I was going to make dinner instead of baking this weekend and I have to follow a recipe in order to cook, haha.

Tuna Casserole in Skillet

I went through my grandma’s cookbook as well as my grandpa’s. This recipe stood out to me because it was a casserole without “cream soup.” It called for fresh vegetables and it seemed easy enough to follow.

It was the perfect size for our family, but if you have older kids or more than 4 people to feed, you may want to double it. To save time, cut up the vegetables ahead of time. This recipe would also be good with fresh or canned chicken.

Have you had a casserole since the 80’s? What kind was it?

One Serving of Casserole


1 Cup uncooked macaroni

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 Cup chopped onion

1/2 Cup thinly sliced celery

1/2 Cup chopped red or green pepper

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 Cup milk

1 can (6 ounces) tuna packed in water, drained

1/2 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 Cup crushed potato chips, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Start by cooking macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Next, melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add onion. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add celery and red or green pepper. Cook and stir for 3 more minutes. Then, sprinkle flour, salt, and pepper over vegetables. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Next, stir in milk. Then cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat. Then, add macaroni, tuna, and 1/4 Cup cheese to skillet. Stir until pasta is well coated. Finally, pour mixture into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the other half of the Parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. If desired, sprinkle crushed potato chips on top and cook an additional minute.

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