Vintage American Tuna Noodle Casserole
This 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°.
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.