Is there a more comforting, affordable and heart-warming dish that reminds you more of your childhood than a piping hot and soothingly creamy tuna noodle casserole?
When you finally had to come inside after playing in the snow and bitter cold from making snowmen and snow angels in the front yard.
Taking off boots, mittens, scarves, layers of extra clothing, and wet socks.
Standing on the heat register to bring warmth and life back into your frozen toes….and the wonderful aromas of a comforting casserole filling the house making your tummy growl!
I love dishes that wrap you like a warm, flannel blanket and take you back to simpler times, when life was slower and we didn’t seem to have as many worries.
And that’s just what this classic dish promises.
Delicious, uncomplicated, humble goodness.
I have several tuna casseroles on my blog already, my “Grown-Up Tuna Casserole Alfredo with Asiago, Kale & Cremini Mushrooms” and my “Kid-Approved Super Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole with Fresh Broccoli, Mushrooms, Celery & Onions“.
So, I thought that it was about time that I shared my old-fashioned, old-school, just plain and simple classic one that’s a favorite, and has still stood the test of time.
Everything that you’d expect in a classic tuna casserole that never lets our hearts and tummies down. 🙂
Simple-Simon pantry items all come together to create this easy weeknight meal that doesn’t require 3 stores and a small loan to make! I actually needed nothing as I had everything that I needed to make this already on hand!
I’m betting you do, too! 😉
If you’ve got milk, mayo, a can of tuna, a can of cream of mushroom soup, some noodles, frozen peas, fresh celery and onions, a little cheese and a handful of regular ol’ potato chips – – you’ve got dinner! 😀
I also like to add sliced mushrooms. (Canned, jarred or fresh. Whatever I happen to have.) And if I have a can of sliced water chestnuts, in they go, too! I lOVE the little bit of crunch that they give! 😀
I cannot even tell you how much we enjoy this simple casserole. I swear I could eat this once a week and never tire of it!
So creamy, hearty, and just plain comforting to the soul. Sweet baby peas baked into the casserole unthawed help to keep their pop and never become little balls of shriveled mush, and the topping of crushed potato chips adds extra fun, too!
The hubs and I could’ve easily scarfed this dish down in just 4 servings, but we behaved ourselves and got 6 servings that were just fine. Although I had to HIDE it in the back fridge!
If you have a large family, you’ll definitely want to double this and bake in 2 pans or a large lasagna pan for sure! 😉
So, if you’re in need of a little TLC, this casserole will fix just about anything. 😉
Even frozen toes and noses! 🙂