Quick and Easy Tuna Casserole is perfect for the busy mom!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 to 7 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and frozen peas. Cook until noodles are al dente, drain well. Return noodles and peas to the pot.

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  • Mix soup, tuna fish, onions, processed cheese and pepper into the pot. Stir constantly until all of the ingredients are well mixed and the cheese has melted. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

662 calories; protein 38.4g 77% DV; carbohydrates 71.8g 23% DV; fat 24.2g 37% DV; cholesterol 111.6mg 37% DV; sodium 1828.1mg 73% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2004
I'm very shocked at how much my family enjoyed this! I chose this recipe because even though I generally do not like casseroles, my husband and daughter enjoy them and I had these ingredients on hand. I made a few minor changes and it was fantastic, my husband ate 4 plate fulls and wants what is left for his lunch tomorrow! I halved the recipe, used reduced fat cream of mush soup, added 3/4 cup of sour cream, I used 3 slices of kraft deluxe american cheese and about 1/4 of a block of colby jack cheese, some garlic powder and sauteed the onions in olive oil until tender. All I had was a packet of the new "fresh" smoked starkist tuna and it worked beautifully, no fishy taste! I undercooked the noodles slightly and after I mixed all the ingredients together I poured it into a greased casserole dish. I mixed about 3/4 of crushed butterwheat crackers with a tablespoon or so of melted butter and topped the casserole with the crumb mixture. I added a grating of fresh romano cheese and baked at 350 until the top was golden (about 20 minutes). I let it set up outside the oven for 5 minutes and served it. It is one of the few casseroles I have really liked, and that my family loved! Try it, and adjust it to the taste of your family, quick, easy and yummy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2010
It is near grocery day and I was looking for a quick and economical dish with what I had in the house. I halved the recipe, and it fit nicely in a medium sauce pot. But, there is something I do not understand about this recipe. HOW CAN ONIONS COOK IN 2 MINUTES? When I read the recipe and it said cook until the cheese melts I had a feeling the onions would still be "CRUNCHY!" So, I chopped them to a practical mince. But, they were still crunchy, as expected. If you are looking for a quick affordable meal this will work. It is as good as any oven baked tuna casserole and creamy. This is a dish I would make for kids but not adults, so if that is your intent it will work. However, I would pre-soften the onions slightly until transluscent before adding to the pot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2004
I'm very shocked at how much my family enjoyed this! I chose this recipe because even though I generally do not like casseroles, my husband and daughter enjoy them and I had these ingredients on hand. I made a few minor changes and it was fantastic, my husband ate 4 plate fulls and wants what is left for his lunch tomorrow! I halved the recipe, used reduced fat cream of mush soup, added 3/4 cup of sour cream, I used 3 slices of kraft deluxe american cheese and about 1/4 of a block of colby jack cheese, some garlic powder and sauteed the onions in olive oil until tender. All I had was a packet of the new "fresh" smoked starkist tuna and it worked beautifully, no fishy taste! I undercooked the noodles slightly and after I mixed all the ingredients together I poured it into a greased casserole dish. I mixed about 3/4 of crushed butterwheat crackers with a tablespoon or so of melted butter and topped the casserole with the crumb mixture. I added a grating of fresh romano cheese and baked at 350 until the top was golden (about 20 minutes). I let it set up outside the oven for 5 minutes and served it. It is one of the few casseroles I have really liked, and that my family loved! Try it, and adjust it to the taste of your family, quick, easy and yummy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2003
Awesome, we'll never buy tuna helper again!! :) I adjusted the recipe as follows to make less and account for our tastes: 1/2 package noodles, 1/2 can peas, 1 can cream of cheddar soup, 1 can tuna, 1/2 onion chopped and sauteed in olive oil first, 5 slices american cheese. I also heated the soup, cheese, and tuna in the microwave before I added it to the cooked noodles in order to have it mix well, which it did fantastically! This made plenty for four. You could use any cream soup,and brocolli would be a really good vegetable too. Even my 2 year old ate this! Be sure to sautee the onions before adding them if you don't want them crunchy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2003
It really is quick and easy, but I added about a cup of milk and it was much better. Without the milk it was a little too "stuck together". Tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
My roommates all have midterms so I wanted to give them a little taste of home. So I gave this one a try because it looked good and didnt take a long time to cook. I substituted Jack cheese for american, and added sauteed mushrooms and garlic to the onions. I also sprinkled some garlic powder after everything was mixed. Everyone loved it and after 2-3 servings each,i have none left over for tomorrow!!! Even the roommates that dont like fish loved this one.... its a keeper!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2010
It is near grocery day and I was looking for a quick and economical dish with what I had in the house. I halved the recipe, and it fit nicely in a medium sauce pot. But, there is something I do not understand about this recipe. HOW CAN ONIONS COOK IN 2 MINUTES? When I read the recipe and it said cook until the cheese melts I had a feeling the onions would still be "CRUNCHY!" So, I chopped them to a practical mince. But, they were still crunchy, as expected. If you are looking for a quick affordable meal this will work. It is as good as any oven baked tuna casserole and creamy. This is a dish I would make for kids but not adults, so if that is your intent it will work. However, I would pre-soften the onions slightly until transluscent before adding to the pot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2003
You will never use Tuna Helper again after trying this recipe! I thought it was actually easier than Tuna Helper and the end result was fantastic. I used less peas (personal preference) and I sauteed the onion first so it wouldn't be crunchy. I also topped it with cheese and seasoned bread crumbs and put it under the broiler till it was nice and bubbly. I needed something in a pinch, being short on time, and ingredients since I didn't get to the grocery store today. This recipe saved the day! Thanks Jennie! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2004
I used ingredients I had on hand: 1 cream of mushroom and 1 cream of celery canned peas rigatoni pasta and 1 cup shredded cheddar along with remaining listed ingredients. It was still pretty good but could have used some celery salt garlic powder and a pinch of ground mustard. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2003
Bacon and the Holy Trinity were my additions to the great simple meal. My hubby is not a huge fan of tuna so I jazz it up a bit to make him happy. Four slices of smoked slab bacon crumbled in and added with the all white tuna (less fishy he says). I drained but didn't clean the skillet after the bacon then added the butter and sauteed the Holy Trinity (onions plus carrots & celery diced small) before adding the soups (plus a half can of milk). A dash of celery salt and some sweet basil added nice complexity to the creaminess and voila even He loved it!;) ps forgot to add that I left the cheese out of the sauce and just layed it over half the topping - he's weird in that he's not big into cheese so this way I got it but he didn't have to. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2003
My husband had two helpings and said to give it five stars! Used half the pkg of pasta and while the pasta was cooking I sauteed chopped onions broccoli canned mushrooms and diced ham in olive oil with a little pepper and garlic salt in a pan. Then stirred in one can tuna (didn't drain) one can cream of mushroom soup and three handfuls grated cheese. I also added frozen peas and carrots mix at this point. After the cheese melted I added all this to the drained noodles sitting in the pot and kept cooking until the peas and carrots were heated through. Simple and easy dish to make! Had a can of sliced olives I was going to add to it but forgot -- next time! Read More
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