Saturday, February 27, 2016

Lenten Broccoli Tuna Casserole

Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I have a tasty dish for your Friday in Lent. For those of you who don't practice Lent, a season leading up to Easter, it's tradition to abstain from meat and snacking on Fridays. Some people give up meat and snacks all through Lent, some have bread and water on Fridays, and I know quite a few who only have bread and water the whole forty days. I don't know if I could do that, but I love this ancient practice of following in Jesus' footsteps as he fasted and prayed in the desert for forty days.

So, this follows the traditional recipe except for a few additions. I don't think I've ever cooked tuna casserole before, actually. My kids said they remember having it at a church potluck, but I've never cooked it because it calls for condensed soup, and I have an MSG allergy. So, I made a small side dish that left out the condensed soup.

 You'll need :
two packages noodles, any kind
fresh broccoli
1 cup cheddar
2 can condensed mushroom soup
2 large cans white chunk tuna in water
1 large can mushrooms
potato chips, if desired
Preheat the oven to 350F
Add chopped, fresh broccoli to a steamer and steam until cooked to the desired amount.
I mixed one batch and added the cheese and potato chips.
At this point my kids are thinking this is pretty weird.
The potato chip loving child is looking teary-eyed at such a waste of good chips. LOL
The second batch I added Slap Ya Mama spices, broccoli, and left off the potato chips.
 The non spicy, no veggie version is out of the oven and several kids are willing to try it. And... they say it's edible!
 The spicy, broccoli mix is out and everyone says it's delicious!
It's been a long time since I've had canned mushrooms and they seemed a little chewy-squeaky to me so I might make this again with some sauteed fresh mushrooms, but otherwise... DELICIOUS. For my non MSG dish, I added a few splashes of whole milk, a little more salt, and lots of broccoli. Definitely a filling dish for this cold, rainy day!


  1. Oh yum -- I can make this without the tuna. And yes, fresh mushrooms instead of canned...blech! Have a great weekend with your family!

    1. Thank you! It's been great so far! It rained last night but today was pretty clear. Not quite sunny, but clear. So ewe did some spring cleaning, then went out to prep the garden for planting (HOPEFULLY) in a few weeks.

  2. Looks good! Both versions. But I'm with you on the canned mushrooms. That's a perfect description! LOL

    1. Haha! I've only had canned mushrooms on pizza an they weren't that bad. Maybe something about the quick, high heat? This was... not my favorite, as one of my kids likes to say. But definitely will try it with fresh, sauteed mushrooms. :)

  3. Wow! Between you and Missy this week I feel like I'm back in my mother's kitchen. Green bean casserole and tuna casserole. Yup - potato chips crushed on top!

    I've never made it myself. (ssshhhhh. I hate cream of mushroom soup.) But the rest of it sounds good. :)

    1. Mary, I've used cream of chicken soup in place of the mushroom in casseroles so that my kids wouldn't refuse to eat it. :) But now, with the empty nest, I'm once again enjoying the mushrooms! :)

    2. It's funny, I think if you grew up with it, mushroom soup is sort of yuck. But if you haven't... I don't know. My kids think it's delicious! Maybe because they've never really had it except at a potluck or someone else's house?
      But the tuna and the pasta really brought me back to childhood because my aunt made the BEST cold tuna rotini pasta salad with olives, etc. Mmmmm.

  4. Oh, comfort food updated to fit my current lifestyle! This looks wonderful. It's going on next week's menu. :)

    1. I think I'll up the broccoli next time. It didn't want to overwhelm the pasta, but I need more veggies in a dish like that! Maybe 1/3 more broccoli would be perfect...

  5. I love tuna casserole. I beyond love it, I could marry it if I wasn't already married, and it's a love that stems from my sister Patty Kay making it when I lived with her as a teenager... and it was delicious.

    And then I married a guy who hates it.

    So when Dave used to go fishing I'd have my little nieces come over (I was from a big family, and I was one of the youngest so some of my nieces are my generation... well, almost...) :)

    And we'd have a sleepover with tuna and noodle casserole! I've never added broccoli, but I'd love it!

    What great memories here. You made me smile! And I'd do the non-spicy version except with a few slaps of tarragon which I love in tuna casserole and salmon loaf...

    Great memories!!!!!