Cheap eats for Lent with tuna and noodles

Meatless meals are usually much less expensive than those containing meat, it’s a known fact.  This one isn’t exactly “meatless” in my book–it contains tuna.  It’s also a pretty simple, traditional recipe similar to batches of “Tuna and Noodles” moms everywhere have cooked.  I wanted to point out exactly how much 4 servings cost to make.

The recipe I’m using is very basic:  it takes 4 cans, a spoonful of margarine, and a bit of pepper, along with a pound of egg noodles.

Here’s the breakdown.

  • 2 cans of tuna packed in water, store brand: $1.20 (60 cents each)
  • 1 can sweet peas, store brand: $.88
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup, store brand: $1.09
  • 1 lb. wide egg noodles, on sale: $1.00
  • 1 tbsp. margarine, approximate cost $.04
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper, approximate cost: $.01

Total: $4.22 or about $1.05 per serving.  That’s downright cheap food!

So with that said, here’s the recipe for it.

Tuna and Noodles

  • 16 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom (or celery or chicken) soup
  • 1 tbsp. margarine
  • 1 can sweet peas
  • 2 cans tuna packed in water

Cook noodles according to package directions.  Drain and return to pan.  Add margarine and dump in peas, juice and all, stir gently.  Add tuna, including water.  Stir to combine ingredients over low heat.  Add cream soup concentrate and continue stirring gently to prevent sticking. Sprinkle in pepper, and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat and serve.


About giascott

Writer, blogger, cook, grandmother, mother, wife, radio personality, outdoor enthusiast, dog enthusiast, crafter, artist, and part-time nut~~I've earned a lot of t-shirts in my day! I'm one of those crazy independent women who can cut down a tree, build you a shed, sew you a dress, cook your dinner, make some soap, pitch a tent, build a fire, catch some fish, dig in the garden, chase a kid or two, write you a poem, paint you a picture, and a dozen other things...just don't ask me to sing! I'm also embarking on a relatively new portion of my life, one of being disabled. I'm learning some lessons along the way about a lot of things too.
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