[recipe] Cheesy Tuna-Veggie Casserole

I like to cook with fresh meat / vegetables, but I also like meals that can be made from frozen and canned ingredients because then they’re flexible — if something comes up at work and you’re tired, or your friend really wants to go out for dinner, or whatever, you aren’t letting your fresh ingredients go bad. There have also been plenty of recent studies showing that frozen and canned vegetables are just as good for you as fresh ones, as long as you watch your salt (and many frozen veg don’t have a lot of added salt anyway), so I don’t even really feel too bad about it.

Making a giant casserole with frozen and canned ingredients is the ultimate epitome of lazy for me, which is awesome. The ingredients will last so I don’t have to make it at any given time, and when I do make it it’ll last for 3 days. That’s a win in my book! Plus, it’s delicious, and it’s actually healthy too (as long as you use skim or low fat milk and keep an eye on the “healthy” cheese soup) — it’s full of vegetables, tuna protein, and whole grains.

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Ingredients:
– 1 large can tuna in water
– 1 large can albacore tuna in water
– 1 can Campbell’s Healthy Choice cheddar cheese soup
– 1 can’s worth of milk
– spices to taste (I recommend black pepper and cayenne pepper)
– 1 ~13oz box whole grain elbow macaroni
– ~1/3 bag frozen broccoli
~1/2 bag frozen green beans, the sliced kind
– shredded cheese
– old chips, bagel chips, tortilla chips, anything you’ve got lying around to use up

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Put water on the stove and get the pasta cooking.
  3. In a large casserole dish, mix together the (drained) tunas, the cheese soup and can of milk, and the frozen vegetables.
  4. Season as desired. I recommend a buttload of black pepper and a healthy sprinkle of cayenne pepper, but you may add whatever sounds good.
  5. When the pasta is done, mix that into the casserole dish too
  6. Top the casserole with some shredded cheese. Crush up your chips/bagel chips/PTA chips/whatever and sprinkle them on top too.
  7. Bake for 20min at 350. Then set the oven up to 400F and cook 5 more minutes.
  8. Enjoy the hell out of that. For days.
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Sev Dragomire is a professional chemical engineer, a legitimate nerd, and a certified terrible person. She has the paperwork to prove all three.
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