Easy Tuna Casserole (with macaroni) is a comforting, economical, and delicious dinner idea. This easy 4 ingredient Tuna noodle Casserole is made with pantry items like macaroni, canned tuna, and mushroom soup. Made without bread crumbs, its crowning glory is melted cheese; simple comfort food at its finest!
It's a quick weeknight dinner for busy nights, is the ultimate comfort food and is great any time of the year.
I still remember the word I spelled incorrectly in the Grade 2 spelling bee that brought me down. The worst part was that it was an easy word. But from that day forward, I never forgot how to spell it. The word wasn't macaroni. And I hate to admit it but macaroni was a word that I was always challenged by. Did it have 2 "c" 's, 1 "r" or 2 "n" 's ? I had to memorize it in order to remember how to spell.
And it's a good thing I did because it's especially embarrassing to spell words incorrectly when you're a food blogger and you use a lot of macaroni.
This Easy Tuna Casserole is one of those macaroni recipes. It's a recipe my Mom used to make and it's pure comfort food!
Yep. That's the word that got me ousted from the spelling bee. For some reason, I thought it was an 'a' instead of an 'i' at the end. And was I ever bummed. You see, I had been so proud of being a master when it came to spelling. Then I became a food blogger.
These days I am pretty happy that I can now confidently spell macaroni, among other words I memorized like beautiful, Mississippi, and Worcestershire (which I'm especially proud of).
But the misspelling of food words is so common among food bloggers that Food Bloggers of Canada recently posted a thread in our Facebook group where we shared the words we had trouble remembering how to spell.
And among the most popular was "sriracha". The struggle is real, my friends. But my most embarrassing misspelling was "Caesar" which I spelled as "Ceasar" when I posted my Caesar Twice Baked Potatoes (shown below) the first time. Ugh.
You can use any noodle you want in this Tuna Fish Casserole but I prefer to use macaroni- it's just so comforting. Plus, I always have macaroni in my pantry.
It's a pretty simple tuna casserole; you only need:
- elbow macaroni
- canned tuna fish
- cream of mushroom soup
- cheddar cheese
- green onions (optional garnish)
*see recipe card for quantities
My Mom never put bread crumbs on her Tuna Macaroni Casserole as many recipes call for. Instead, we use cheese because melted cheese just makes everything better....
Tuna casserole has been around for a long time, but as I said, it traditionally has bread crumbs, cornflakes, or potato chips as a topping. And as far as the history of this casserole goes, melted cheese is a relatively recent addition. You can read more about the history of tuna casserole HERE.
🥗 What to serve with Tuna Casserole?
A side salad or mixed vegetables always goes well with this dish. Here are some more ideas:
- Quick Cucumber Kimchi (shown below)
- 5 Ingredient Shredded Zucchini
- Healthy Artichoke & Roasted Red Pepper Coleslaw
- Green beans and Mushrooms
And if you love the combination of tuna and macaroni, then check out my Tuna Macaroni Salad ; it's the perfect quick and easy side salad.
👪 Serving Size
This tuna casserole makes 6 servings about 1 ⅓ cups each. However, you can half, double, or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
Store this tuna casserole in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Tuna tends to taste and smell very fishy if you leave it in the fridge for more than 2 days.
This recipe will freeze well in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
So, if you are looking for an easy meal, this Easy Tuna Casserole is a comforting dinner that the whole family will love!
📋 Tuna Casserole (with macaroni) Recipe
- 340g - pkg of macaroni
- 2 170 g cans of tuna, drained
- 10 oz -can of cream of mushroom soup (condensed cream of mushroom soup)
- 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- green onions, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees f and spray a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray
- Cook macaroni as per package directions (until al dente) and drain.
- Mix in cream of mushroom soup and tuna into cooked pasta and pour into baking dish.
- Spread grated cheese evenly over macaroni mixture.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
- Sprinkle green onions over casserole. Serve warm.