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Tuna Cheese Magic

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  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 1 cup instant powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a plastic zip lock bag, or a resealable container, or even a brown paper lunch bag for that matter. The point is to get all of the ingredients together in a container so it can sit on the pantry shelf. I usually mix up 5 of these at a time, for convenience sake.

To Cook:

  • 5 cups tap water
  • 1 package of Tuna Cheese Magic (above)
  • 1 or 2 - 6oz cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 tablespoon margarine (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, OR 4 ounces of cubed Velveeta type cheese

Get out a large skillet or saucepan. Measure the water into it and bring the water to a boil over medium heat. After the water boils, add the contents of a Tuna Magic package. Cook and stir the mixture over medium heat. It should simmer gently. You can put a lid on it if you like, but stir it rather often, because it has a tendency to stick. After 15 minutes of cooking, open up your tuna and drain off the juice for the cats. Use one can if you like a mild tuna flavor, and 2 cans if you like a strong tuna flavor. Personally, I prefer 2 cans. Add the margarine if your tuna was canned in water, but leave it out if the tuna was canned in oil. Add the cheese, and cook and stir the mixture until the cheese melts; then serve to a hungry family. You can add a few frozen peas to the mixture along with the tuna if you like, but they're not really necessary. This is an excellent pantry meal if you like to keep a few quick meals around for rainy days and unexpected delays in supper.

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