Moon Crust Pie – quick, easy & kid friendly dinner

Moon Crust Pie

While I was staying at Mum’s the other week she served up something called “Moon Crust Casserole”.  What?? You may ask? I did!  The top is meant to look like the surface of the moon, we think, not quite sure, but it’s a funny name and I thought the kids would get a kick out of it and quite possibly really like it so I borrowed the recipe and have made it again now I’m home.  Can you see the resemblance to the moon?!  Maybe not but let’s go with it.

Do you give meals odd names with the hopes that it will get kids to eat them? When I have the patience we have “Rainbow Rice” for fried rice, “Princess Pasta Pockets” for ravioli, when I’m not so inclined it’s “it’s dinner, just eat it!” and the ol’ favourite “you get what you get and you don’t get upset!”. I did see an article in the paper the other week where Jamie Oliver suggested calling green smoothies “Shrek Shakes” and a Blueberry version “Elsa” after the Frozen character. I’m willing to give it a try but I’m not sure how successful I will be with my fussy one, Miss E however, actually loves green smoothies!

Anyway, back to the Moon Crust Pie (I’ve swapped out “casserole” for pie as I think casserole gives the wrong impression), it’s not my normal type of food because it’s got, gasp(!), packet soup in it but it’s quick and easy to make, kid friendly and surprisingly tasty.  A good dish to have up your sleeve for mid week dinners and a little bit retro too.

Speaking of retro, that gives me a nice segue into giggling about my Year 12 formal dress …while I was at Mum’s I found my emerald green, Thai, shot silk formal dress and wait for it…matching bolero jacket!  I LOVED that dress, especially the tulle sticking out underneath.

1989 Year 12 formal dress

I’m keeping the dress for posterity but the 1989 hair does not need to be relived!  It was huge!!

On the pie, Mum doesn’t know where this recipe originally came from but she’s had it for years and it never fails to deliver a belly warming meal. A side serving of greens is of course entirely optional!

Moon Crust Pie

Moon Crust Pie


  • 500g minced beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 x 425 g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 packet chicken noodle soup mix
  • Optional 1 C finely chopped veggies of your choice, not in the original recipe but I couldn't help myself!)
  • Corn chips
  • 1 C tasty cheese, grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. In a saucepan brown the mince and then add the chopped onion, tinned tomatoes, (veggies if using) and chicken noodle soup mix, stir through
  3. Simmer in the saucepan for 15 minutes and then transfer to an oven proof baking dish
  4. Top with corn chips and sprinkle with the cheese
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes until the cheese is melted
  6. Serve up and enjoy!

Any strange named meals in your families repertoire?  Can you see the moon in this?  What about the dress, did you have a bolero jacket? 


11 comments on “Moon Crust Pie – quick, easy & kid friendly dinner

  1. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    September 1, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I bet my kids would love this!

    • Vicki
      September 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Who knew that a packet of chicken noodle soup could add such flavour!!

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    September 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    This is my kind of meal – simple but delicious! I had a dress the same colour, it was a velvet and taffeta combo! I’m sure we were totally hip and happening at the time 🙂

  3. Tania| My Kitchen Stories
    September 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    My Mum was great at this kind of soup based recipe. they were always quick and very delicious. hope your kids liked it

  4. Tiffany Watts
    September 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    ‘Love this pie, delicious 🙂

    • Vicki
      September 13, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks so much. It’s not my normal fare but it went down a treat.

  5. Jen
    September 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    My sister in law used to make this for the kids and now we’re both making it for our grandchildren. The recipe originated from a Continental brand Chicken Noodle Soup pack.

    • Vicki
      September 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      I love that! Also good to know where the recipe came from in the first place – I will let my Mum know too.

  6. Kathy Nolan
    February 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I really want to try this recipe at home but I don’t have chicken noodle soup mix. What can I use instead of chicken noodle soup mix.

    • Vicki
      February 23, 2017 at 10:28 am

      The chicken noodle soup mix is pretty much key but you could make it without it and just add some noodles, broken up into small pieces and a chicken stock cube perhaps.

  7. Denise
    November 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Great recipe love noodles so nice way to prepare them will be giving this a try very soon.

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