Cheap and Delicious Tuna Casserole Dinner

This budget-friendly Tuna Casserole recipe is not only easy to make but also incredibly delicious. Using canned tuna and simple ingredients, you can create a hearty and satisfying dinner that your whole family will love. Perfect for a cozy weeknight meal, this casserole combines the flavors of tuna, potatoes, and a creamy tomato sauce, all topped with a layer of melted Parmesan cheese.

  • 2 cans of tuna (about 280 g each)
  • 1 onion, cut into slices
  • 5 medium potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) hot milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (25 g) butter
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes
  1. Cut the potatoes into large chunks and place them in a pot of salted water.
  2. Cook the potatoes until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a mixing bowl.
  4. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter, salt, and black pepper to taste. Mash the potatoes until smooth.
  5. Gradually add 3/4 cup of hot milk while mashing until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Step 2: Prepare the Tuna Mixture
  1. Heat some olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced onion and sauté until browned.
  3. Add the two cans of tuna and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste mixed with one ladle of potato broth.
  4. Mix well and cook for two to three minutes on low heat.
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Step 3: Assemble the Casserole
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Add half of the mashed potatoes to the bottom of a casserole dish and spread it out evenly.
  3. Layer half of the tuna mixture over the mashed potatoes.
  4. Add the remaining mashed potatoes over the tuna, followed by the remaining tuna mixture.
  5. Top with 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.
Step 4: Bake the Casserole
  1. Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven.
  2. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Nutrition Information (Per Serving):
  • Calories: 350
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 3g

This Tuna Casserole is a delicious and economical meal that is sure to become a family favorite. With its creamy mashed potatoes and flavorful tuna mixture, it’s perfect for any night of the week. Share your cooking creations with us using #madebyemily on social media. Enjoy your meal!

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