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Vintage American Tuna Noodle Casserole

Vintage American Tuna Noodle Casserole

tuna casseroleThis is one of those quintessential Americana recipes that everyone, including myself, grew up on – and loved. My Mom altered the classic recipe just a bit, by substituting corn flakes for potato chips, because she thought the chips made the dish too salty. She always used a deep, square Corning Ware baking dish (c’mon, EVERY mother had a set of them: white with blue embellishment, you remember) – I’ve made this one in a 9 x 13 x 2 Pyrex dish, which works just as well.

Half this recipe for a smaller casserole.

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Egg noodles, regular or no yolk, cooked with a pinch of salt & dash of oil
  • Coupla dashes pepper
  • 1 large 12 oz. can (or 2 regular 5 oz. cans) solid white tuna fish, drained
  • Corn flakes (about a cup)
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (use American slices, for authenticity)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced

Cook and drain the egg noodles. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°.

tuna casserole
Noodles stirred together with the butter and pepper

Drop the butter into a casserole dish or glass baking pan. Place the cooked noodles into the dish and stir, along with the pepper, to melt the butter; break up the tuna with a fork and mix into the noodles.

Crumble a layer of corn flakes atop the noodles, then a layer of cheese, and layer the egg slices. Finish with a sprinkling of cheese.

Blend together the soup and the milk, and pour the mixture over the top of the casserole, using a fork to incorporate the soup throughout the noodles.

Bake the casserole at 350° for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.


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