My 70s Childhood Tuna Casserole : >

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Simple, quick and CHEAP... as a child, this was a weekly meal in our house. Due to the fact that we were totally BROKE this week, I decided to dig up an old There IS no real recipe for this, however, I tried my best to type something concrete. Tasted just like mom used to make! Some things never change...

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (7 1/2 ounce) boxes macaroni and cheese mix
  • 12 cup butter (not spread or tub product) or 12 cup margarine (not spread or tub product)
  • 12 cup milk
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 1 (14 ounce) can peas, drained
  • 1 (14 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 34 cup cheddar cheese, divided
  • breadcrumbs, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Cook macaroni and cheese according to package directions (I usually boil noodles for 6 minutes because casserole will bake a bit more in oven).
  3. I also add a little more milk to the mac and cheese so there is enough cheesy sauce to coat everything.
  4. After thoroughly mixing noodles with the cheese, add peas corn.
  5. Break the tuna up a bit with a fork so there aren't too many huge chunks and add it as well.
  6. Toss in half of the shredded cheese and mix well.
  7. Spoon into a large baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs to taste.
  9. Heat in oven for about 20-25 minutes.
Most Helpful

I was so impressed by this dish. It was simple, cheap, but was really tasty, comforting food....My DH even said he wanted it again tonight, 2 days in a i know it must be THAT good! i halved the amount and it still made plenty, enough for 4 large portions. Thanks kozmic blues. xx

lady_heather December 19, 2006

This was good...Nothing fancy, or gourmet, just good ol' cheap yummy eats! Thanks for a flasback to MY childhood, also...are we related?!! :) I did leave out the corn, and added a little extra shredded cheese, and next time I will add more milk, as it was a little dry (I used about 2/3 c, so I think I will use a whole cup next time). Thanks for posting Kosmic Blues!

Troop Angel October 12, 2006