Moodles and Noodles and Other Pantry Staples

T. and I have been experimenting, since discovering various canned meats in the grocery store, with variations on tuna-noodle casserole.

Growing up, my mom & grandma called this Toodles and Noodles, and we always omitted the breadcrumbs and sometimes the peas. It is, at its base, a pantry staple: a can of soup, half a bag of egg noodles, and a can of tuna fish, and you have a meal.

It’s served T. & I well over the years (I usually add panko to the top, and we almost always add the frozen peas).

Canned chicken + cream of chicken soup worked pretty well. It was a bit one-note, but I think adding garlic would help with that. Choodles and noodles!

Spurred on by our success, and with a can of corned beef and a can of cream-of-mushroom-with-garlic soup, we moved on to try another casserole. Moodles and noodles! To this one we added sauteed onions and mushrooms, and got something sort of like a beef stroganoff.

I’m not sure what to try next. Tofu and noodles?

What about you? What are your go-to pantry meals? Any fun variations on the classics?

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  1. Lentil soup. Lentils, garlic, ginger, maybe a few spoonfuls of curry paste, maybe carrots/onions. Pasta. Homemade macaroni and cheese, with condensed milk and onion. Meatloaf, made with onions and oatmeal. Chicken vegetable soup. Heavy on the vegetables. (Egg noodles here.) Curry, which is like chicken vegetable soup only with less water and more curry sauce. Chili. I really love soups. I enjoy making a chicken noodle soup with not enough water, which ends up chicken-flavored egg noodles.

    • Chili! We make a lot of chili, which is nearly a pantry staple but does require me to remember to buy tofu. And lots of things with lentils, but not usually lentil soup. We make that mac and cheese, or a similar one – not so often when dieting 😉 Soups are wonderful. T. is making ham soup tonight for tomorrow.

        • Tofu Chili! IIRC, it involves a giant can of red kidney beans, a can of diced tomatoes and one of tomato paste, a huge number of onions, and then things. And then tofu, which provides a textural change from all the beans and soaks up all that flavor.

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