Tuna Macaroni Casserole

Tuna casserole with cheese

Diana Rattray

  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
653 Calories
46g Fat
31g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 653
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 26g 128%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 1080mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 29g
Calcium 495mg 38%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This flavorful tuna casserole is a family-pleaser you'll make again and again. Serve tuna casserole with a tossed salad for a perfect meal any day of the week.

Shredded cheddar cheese makes a tasty topping for the casserole, but feel free to use a cheddar jack blend or half American process cheese. Add extra cheese if you like!


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 7 to 10 ounces tuna, drained
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 2-quart casserole.

  3. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water according to package directions until tender, drain and rinse.

  4. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; add chopped onions and bell pepper and sauté over low heat for about 3 to 4 minutes, until tender.

  5. Add flour, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring, for about 1 to 2 minutes.

  6. Add milk and condensed soup and stir over low heat until the sauce is smooth and thickened.

  7. Add cooked drained macaroni, pease, flaked tuna, and about half of the cheese to sauce mixture, stirring constantly.

  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole; top with remaining shredded cheese.

  9. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and toss with the breadcrumbs until thoroughly coated.

  10. Scatter the crumbs over the cheese layer.

  11. Bake the casserole for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the crumb topping is nicely browned.