Easy Freezer Meal: Tuna Casserole

If your family likes tuna casserole, it’s easy to reach for a box of Tuna Helper. Why do that though when homemade tastes so much better! Make it even easier by making two or three meals at one time and freezing some for later.

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1 package of sea shell pasta
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup of grated cheese
2 cans tuna
Ritz crackers or croutons

To make extra meals to freeze, multiply the above ingredients by however many meals you want to make. The above ingredients make one meal, however, if you have a small family, then you may find that your family eats only half of this meal. The beauty of freezing these is that you can freeze whatever size portions you want to cook for another meal. Also feel free to adjust the amount of tuna if you wish. If you triple this recipe you may find that you only need 5 cans of tuna and not 6.

Instead of cream of chicken soup you can substitute homemade cream of chicken soup mix. If you use the mix then you can prepare the mix with water (1/3 c. mix + 1 1/4 c. water = 1 can soup) and eliminate the milk that this recipe calls for.

First cook the pasta 2 to 3 minutes less than what is instructed on package. Drain the pasta. In a separate bowl, mix together the soup and milk. Stir in pasta, cheese, and tuna. Place whatever portion(s) you want to freeze in ziploc freezer bags. Label and freeze.

To prepare, place thawed tuna casserole in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. If desired, place some crushed Ritz crackers or croutons on top and bake another 5-10 minutes.

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