Frugal Cooking: Simple and Cheap Tuna Casserole Recipe Saves Dinner

Yesterday I ran out of meat in the freezer, which is not a good thing with my meat–loving husband. I had planned on buying a whole bunch of meat on my last Publix shopping trip, but then I discovered that the meat coupons did not start until May 1st. This meant that I only grabbed a few items, and I hoped I would make it to the store before we ran out – but I did not.  As a result I was scrambling to make dinner last night, and I had to go to my hurricane stock for dinner ingredients. It is always a good thing to have canned tuna and creamed mushroom soup on hand for occasions like this. 
I had two half boxes of pasta, so I simply used them both. I cooked the whole wheat penne first, and then when three minutes were left I added the quick cook pasta, it turned out to be a great combination. 
Cheap Tuna Casserole Ingredients
2 cans of tuna
1 box of noodles (rotini or penne is best)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of cheese of your choice (I used mozzarella)
Pepper to taste
(green peas and chopped onion optional)

Cheap Tuna Casserole Directions:
1) Boil the noodles
2) When noodles are cooked al dente, remove water. Stir in tuna, 1/2 the cheese, mushroom soup and pepper.
3) Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, add all the ingredients.
4) Add the remaining shredded cheese to the top of the dish.
5) Cook for 10 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

6) Let stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

This recipe is extremely easy, simple and cheap. It is fast to make and tuna casserole is a great frugal alternative, if you are low on meat.

What do you cook for dinner, if you are out of meat?

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