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Tuna Magic

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  • 2 cups dry macaroni
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry celery or celery seeds to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 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 Magic (above)
  • 1 or 2 - 6 oz cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 tablespoon margarine (optional)

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. Cook the mixture for 5 more minutes and 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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