Nana's Tuna Casserole Surprise Recipe -
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Nana's Tuna Casserole Surprise

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"This is one of those little gems of ingenuity from my Nana's kitchen. Nana always made this every Thanksgiving, and all of us kids took turns helping her make it. It is a simple dish, but it really hits the spot on a cold November day. I remember how my sister was absolutely shocked when she learned there was tuna in this dish. This is definitely a dish you'll want to make again and again."

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Original recipe makes 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Mix the tuna, cereal, onion, mushroom soup, and olive oil together in a bowl until blended. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and peanuts.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until cheese melts, about 30 minutes. Cut into squares to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 01, 2009

I look at the reviews before I decide to try it. There have been 3 on this one. First One didn't use tuna rated it a 4. Another changed almost the whole recipe and rated it 3. The 3rd said it didn't amount to enought to fill the dish and rated it a 1. Was it still a good recipe or are you giving it a 1 because it didn't fill the dish? The other two. Did you do this recipe before changing the ingrediance, Or did you make the changes on the first attempt? Rating's aren't judged after changing ingrediances. As for not filling the dish. Make sure of your sizes and amounts.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 15, 2008

I made lots of adjustments to this, and I liked it, but I still think it lacks seasoning - pepper at the very least - maybe garlic and paprika would have helped too. I used green onions, no olive oil, fat free soup, rice instead of cereal and canned salmon instead of tuna. Next time I also want to add a vegetable like peas.


8 Ratings

May 12, 2008

9x13 is way too big for the amount of ingredients.

Sep 10, 2008

Very good,but I used lagarto,instead of tuna.

May 14, 2009

Bravo Doug! Great dish for the busy family. I have cooked this twice one time substituting Rice Crispys for the wheat Flakes. Hmm Good. I also like the idea of spicing it up with cashews instead of the peanuts and a touch of ranch dressing. Does not feed the whole family though, I actually cooked it in the tuna can.

May 16, 2012

Well... I think this recipe is VERY interesting and quite tasty. As for the amounts used.. I measured carefully and ended up with enough ingredients to fill an 8x8" casserole, which was the best size for my husband and I. If I had used the casserole would have been about an inch thick... I don't know if I will make it again... but it was quick and something that kids would enjoy.

Nov 23, 2012

I used canned salmon and noodles instead of cereal and added a bit of milk and it was a hit!


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.4 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 8.7 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 10.5 g
  • 21%
  • Sodium
  • 222 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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