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Terrific Tuna Casserole

"This is an all-time go-to dish for our family. My mom learned to make it from my grandma as a kid and would make it for her family," says Bence. "As a quick, family favorite on a weeknight, it's always requested. It includes items we have in our pantry and costs very little to make. We serve it with baby carrots, apple slices, and a glass of milk for wholesome comfort food." - Bence Brown, age 9, Nebraska

Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (rotini or shells work best)
  • 1 (10-ounce) can fat-free cream of chicken soup
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tuna packed in water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread, torn into pieces


  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, in a large casserole dish, combine the cream of chicken soup, tuna, cheese, peas, milk, 2 tablespoons margarine, onion and garlic powders, salt, and pepper.
  3. Drain the pasta, add it to the casserole dish, and stir to combine.
  4. In a small saucepan over moderate heat, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon margarine. Add the bread pieces and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the toasted bread to the top of the casserole and microwave on high power until heated through, about 6 minutes.

352 calories; 23g protein; 37g carbohydrates; 13g fat (5g saturated fat); 409mg sodium

More information about the Kids' State Dinner:

  • Check out the other winning 2013 Kids' State Dinner Recipes here.
  • Learn more about Kids' State Dinner here.