Hard Times Creamed Tuna

Hard Times Creamed Tuna


"Times were tough for my newly divorced mom in the 70's. I remember eating creamed tuna on toast with a green salad on the side at least weekly. It was one of my favorite meals, and I had no idea we were eating it out of necessity. Times aren't so tough now, but I still make this about once a month. It's great when you're in a hurry, or have limited supplies on hand. My kids love it too!"
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15 m servings 226 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 226 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 8.8 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.9g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 16.1 g
  • 32%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 367 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir flour into melted butter until smooth and slowly stream milk into the mixture while whisking continually. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir tuna into the milk mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook until tuna is warmed, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Ladle tuna mixture over toasted bread to serve.


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  1. 23 Ratings

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Our stories sound much alike except my dad passed away and times were tough with just mom also in the 70's. She would make this, but she always added a can of peas. I liked it as a kid and then ...

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This recipe as written is ok

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Our stories sound much alike except my dad passed away and times were tough with just mom also in the 70's. She would make this, but she always added a can of peas. I liked it as a kid and then ...

thank you! I loved this growing up and was trying to find the recipe that uses milk and not condensed cream soups and this is it! The only change I make is to add fresh or frozen peas.

This reminds me of growing up in the 80's or having a tuna casserole. I made a couple of modifications to the recipe. I added 1/4 of a finely chopped onion and 1/4 of a finely chopped apple to t...

I too ate this growing up and make it frequently still! The only real difference to mine is that I add celery seasoning. I'll try the peas next time!

Love this! Had this all the time growing up and was craving it this week. This is the exact recipe my mother would make, but depending on what we had laying around the house, she would sometimes...

I love this recipe!! People tend to look down on meals like this but this has quickly become a favorite of mine. I made it exactly as written several times and it's great. Especially on a day wh...

I remember my grandmother making this for me when I was very young, but I couldn't find the recipe. This tastes exactly how I remembered it. Thank you for sharing it!

This was a staple in our home as a kid we put it over boiled potatoes but i always preferred it over toast. Still my favorite comfort food.

This recipe as written is ok

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