There are six members of my family, so I tend to cook one meal. Ok, sometimes two if the Husband and I are having an ‘adult’ meal once the kids have gone to bed – this sounds romantic, but usually consists of us eating our dinner on our laps whilst watching some cringe-worthy detective drama. We know how to live.
I’ll cook some meals and, to be honest, expect at least 1-2 of the kids not to eat it. Sometimes I achieve a full house and none of the kids like it (like my Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken, sob). But since missing a meal (or two, in some cases) is not going to hurt my (well padded) children, I refuse to give them something else, in the (possibly vain) hope that eventually they’ll eat everything I give them.
However. I will then cook meals that I am 100%, without a doubt, absolutely sure, the kids will eat. Without fail. And this tuna pie is one such meal.
This is simple cooking at its best. No, its not cooking from scratch – there’s a tin of condensed soup involved, shock, horror. But its quick, ridiculously simple, and my kids absolutely scoff it down. That gets a huge thumbs up in my book. As a result, I make this fairly often. Its one of my ‘go-to’ meals.
Ingredients (Serves 4 kids / 2 adults)
1 tin of tuna, drained
1/2 tin of chicken condensed soup
4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
sweetcorn, frozen or fresh
salt & pepper
1. In an ovenproof dish mix the tuna, soup and sweetcorn. Season if desired.
Because I only use half a tin of the soup for this dish, I tend to freeze the other half in a plastic container, ready to use the next time. It freezes great.
2. Meanwhile peel and cube the potatoes, chuck in a pan of salted water, and boil until soft. Drain, then mash with a little bit of butter and a splash of milk. Top the tuna mix with the mash.
3. Pop this in a preheated oven, 180°C/350°/Gas 4, for about 25-30 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the tuna base is hot.
And serve! Did I say this was simple, or did I say this was simple??
This served my 4 kids (thus would serve 2 adults). Simply up the amount of potatoes, and use 2 tins of tuna plus the whole tin of soup to serve 2 adults and 2-4 children.
This dish is really versatile as well. Sometimes I top the potato with cheese. My mum used to top it with crushed crisps for a lovely crunch. Put whatever veg you would like into the tuna mix – peas are another favourite; carrot would be nice, but chop it small and precook slightly (in the microwave works well). You can use whatever flavour of soup you like too. Change it up each time for a bit of variety.
This isn’t cordon bleu cooking. But its easy. And it contains fish. So it must be good for you!
If you like this, you might also like some other ‘family friendly’ meals from my blog such as Quick & Easy Gammon Pasta Bake, Crispy Coated Chicken Nuggets, Traditional Scottish Stovies and Spaghetti Carbonara 🙂