I still remember the word I spelled incorrectly in the Grade 2 spelling bee that brought me down. The worst part was that it was an easy word.
But from that day forward, I never forgot how to spell it. The word wasn't macaroni. And I hate to admit it but macaroni was a word that I was always challenged by. Did it have 2 "c" 's, 1 "r" or 2 "n" 's ? I had to memorize it in order to remember how to spell. And it's a good thing I did because it's especially embarrassing to spell words incorrectly when you're a food blogger and you use a lot of macaroni. This Easy Tuna Casserole is one of those macaroni recipes. It's a recipe my Mom used to make and it's pure comfort food!
Yep. That's the word that got me ousted from the spelling bee. For some reason, I thought it was an 'a' instead of an 'i' at the end. And was I ever bummed. You see, I had been so proud of being a master when it came to spelling. Then I became a food blogger.
These days I am pretty happy that I can now confidently spell macaroni, among other words I memorized like beautiful, Mississippi and Worcestershire (which I'm especially proud of). But the misspelling of food words is so common among food bloggers that Food Bloggers of Canada recently posted a thread in our Facebook group where we shared the words we had trouble remembering how to spell. And among the most popular was "sriracha". The struggle is real, my friends. But my most embarrassing misspelling was "Caesar" which I spelled as "Ceasar" when I posted my Caesar Twice Baked Potatoes the first time. Ugh.
You can use any noodle you want in this Tuna Noodle Casserole but I prefer to use macaroni- it's just so comforting. Plus, I always have macaroni in my pantry.
It's a pretty simple tuna casserole; you only need:
- cream of mushroom soup
- cheddar cheese
- green onions (optional garnish)
My Mom never put bread crumbs on her Tuna Macaroni Casserole as many recipes call for. Instead we use cheese because melted cheese just makes everything better....
Tuna casserole has been around a long time, but as I said, it traditionally has either bread crumbs, cornflakes or potato chips for a topping. And as far as the history of this casserole goes, melted cheese is a relatively recent addition. You can read more about that HERE.
🥗 What to served with Tuna Casserole?
A side salad or mixed vegetables always go well with this dish. Here are some more ideas:
And if you love the combination of tuna and macaroni, then check out my Tuna Macaroni Salad ; it's the perfect quick and easy side salad.
So, if you are looking for an easy meal, this Easy Tuna Casserole is a comforting dinner that the whole family will love!
📋 Tuna Casserole (with macaroni) Recipe
- 340g - pkg of macaroni
- 2 170 g cans of tuna, drained
- 10 oz -can of cream of mushroom soup (condensed cream of mushroom soup)
- 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- chopped green onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
- Cook macaroni as per package directions and drain.
- Mix in cream of mushroom soup and tuna into macaroni.
- Spread grated cheese evenly over macaroni
- Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle green onions over casserole. Serve warm.