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UpdateDecember 6, 2006

Dude! That casserole was good! Huh.

So here: Boil some shell or macaroni pasta for five minutes. Drain, lay in the bottom of a 9x13 glass dish. On top of that, add a can of drained beans (I used white, you could use black or anything you like), and then a can of drained tuna, then a can of mushroom soup (I like Amy's because it has no MSG, which I'm deathly allergic to, unlike most other brands), then some frozen green peas, a chopped scallion, then top with grated sharp cheddar. Bake covered with foil at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, uncovered for 5 minutes. Weirdly good.


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Cream of Mushroom Soup is magic stuff... as is Tuna Hot Dish. Yum!

oooh i just posted a request on my blog for readers to send me recipies.
you just gave me one!

How do you eat out if you're allergic to MSG?

i might just have to try this one...thx for sharing.

Can this British girl ask? What is a scallion?

Uh, you had me until you mentioned mushroom soup. My mom, bless her heart, was the worst cook EVER, and believed that gourmet cooking was anything made with mushroom soup (Campbell's condensed, of course). She coated chicken with it, simmered roast beef in it, put it in her (un-drained) spaghetti sauce, even put it in her chop suey (which is how I learned at a very early age to make an fried egg sandwich). So the mushroom soup? Ew.

dude i love all casseroles made with soup. ;)

julie's mom sounds like a dream!

sounds delicious! i love the casserole... soup is the magic binding ingredient that pulls it all together. this sounds like a nice way to break out of my standard tuna/ what's in the pantry casserole (i use egg noodles... they are awesome).

Ooooh, I bet it would be good with chicken, too . . . I'll have to save this for some night when Hub isn't home, or I'll have to call it something other than "casserole". (he has issues, yes)

I was wondering!

I do similar things at home, except usually in a skillet dish. My family calls them "Laura Special's". Sometimes they're great, and sometimes not so much. I love creating new things, but sometimes I can't remember what it was I pulled together! Must write ingredients down!

Sounds kind of disgusting (for this picky eater), but also sounds exactly like something my dad would love. I'm trying to do some casseroles for him, and this has all of his favorites. I'd probably have to add more mushrooms and skip the onions, but he will be thrilled with this. Thanks for sharing!

I love me a casserole. I will give this a try. Question for you: does it have a strong tuna taste? I am not a fan of hot tuna (Love the band, Hot Tuna). I could see this being made with chicken, or crabmeat. Top with bread crumbs. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration.

Ooh, sounds good. And I just happen to have all those things in the house (well, canned chicken, not tuna, and black beans, not white, but close enough). You may have solved my "what to have for dinner tonight" problem.

I never think to combine stuff like that. Thanks.

Genius you are! Even my almost-entirely-empty kitchen cabinets have most of those things in em!

you can do anything with a can of cream of... soup.

take microwaved potatoes (not all the way done..say 1/2 done), slice them. layer 1/2 of them in the bottom of a casserole dish, put half your can o cream of soup on it. layer ham on top of that, layer another bunch of sliced potatoes. put the other half of the cream of soup and cheese.. bake until golden brown and bubbly. YUM!!! that my friend is what did I have in the fridge meal.

PS you could use noodles instead of potatoes.

Now I have to go try yours.

mmm that sounds good. joe will never eat it because of the tuna and beans but who cares. he can order a sub!

i'm hungry now.

That does sound good. Casseroles are just the perfect dish to make for a bunch of lunches. My only problem is that by day three, I'm sick of it, and end up buying lunch and throwing the rest out.

This one might just be good to freeze though, if rice is subbed for the pasta. In any case, it sounds yummy and I'll have to give it a try.

Cream of Chicken is also a miracle casserole maker (and then I don't have to listen to my boys mumble as they pick out the miniscule bits of mushroom). Another yummy and quick casserole that tastes even better reheated is a quick baked ziti. Mix about a pound of al dente, shaped pasta (ziti, penne, mafalda, farfale...) with a 26 oz bottle of pasta sauce (I like Barilla Tomato and Basil or Newman's Sockarooni) and a 15-16 oz tub of ricotta. Dump it all in a 13x9" baking dish or large casserole dish and top with mozarella (slices of fresh, handsful of grated from the bag- it's all good). Bake at 350degF for about 20-30 min til heated thru and the cheese is golden and bubbly. To vary it, add browned ground beef of turkey, browned Italian sausage, mushrooms, carmelized onions and garlic, veggies, etc. Goes really well with crusty garlic bread or cheesy Texas Toast. Yum!

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