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Quick & Easy Tuna Casserole topped with a Cheese Blend or Crumb topping and baked in a casserole dish or single-serve Au Gratin Dish. This is a very old recipe. It’s a simple, comfort food, you can whip up in no time at all, making this a Quick Dinner recipe.

I remember the first time I had it. It looked like an ordinary casserole and thought nothing of it. I took my first bite and was surprised. This tasted so good, I wanted seconds. Ever since, this has been a regular in our Family.

Tuna Casserole Pasta

Any Short Pasta will do, typically Macaroni. About 3 Cups of uncooked Pasta in total.

Boil the Pasta in 16 C Water & 2 Tbl of Sea Salt, until just done. Strain and place back into the pot with cold water to stop the cooking process. Once the Pasta has cooled down. Strain again and add back into the pot in preparation for all the other ingredients to go in.

Macaroni

Tuna

Use canned Tuna to make this Tuna Casserole Pasta Bake. Strain well, squeezing all the juice out from 2 cans of Tuna in Water. Add it into the pot with the coked and strained out Pasta.

Canned Tuna
Tuna Casserole Mix

Tuna Casserole Sauce

The Tuna Casserole Sauce is made up of 1 can each of Cream of Mushroom & Cream of Celery Soup. This can be exchanged with other Cream of Soups that you prefer. A small amount of Milk or Cream is added, about 1/4 C or more. For Creamier, add more Milk/Cream or a bit of Sour Cream as you see fit. Plus a bit of Butter, about 1 Tbl.

Tuna Casserole Vegetables

Add in Green Peas and/or cooked Broccoli, shredded Carrots, Onions, Peppers, Celery, Leeks, Green Onions, Mixed Frozen Vegetables or whatever else you may like.

If using Onions, Celery, Peppers, or Leeks, sauté in butter before adding it to the rest of the ingredients to soften the vegetables up.

Tuna Casserole

Place all the mixed ingredients into a casserole dish (9×13 casserole) and top with shredded Cheese. This gives you a thin, layered casserole with cheese. For me, this is preferable because it’s that cheese that really makes the whole thing come together. So a thin casserole with the cheese on top is perfect. Place it into a smaller casserole dish if you want a thicker casserole.

Tuna Casserole Dish
Tuna Casserole with Cheese

Au Gratin

Place all the ingredients into a single-serve Au Gratin dish. The great thing about this method is that different people can have different toppings depending on what they are in the mood for. One person wants just the Mozza & Cheddar Cheese, another wants the 3 cheese, and yet another wants the Panko Crumb top. It can all be done with the Au Gratin dishes.

Just fill the Au Gratin dishes and place them on a baking sheet, and into the oven it goes.

Tuna Casserole in Single Serve Dish

Tuna Casserole Topping

There are two main toppings that can go on top, Cheese Topped or Crumb Topping.

Cheese Topping

You typically top with Marble Cheese. Although, shredded Mozza & Provolone Cheese at a ratio of 3:1 adds so much more to the dish. It makes a big difference. Add Cheddar Cheese for some sharpness. You can also use a Three Cheese Blend of Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and Cheddar, Tex Mex, or Velveeta Cheese slices.

Add an Extra touch by drizzling melted butter over top of the cheese. Garnish it with Aleppo Chili Flakes & Parsley.

Tuna Casserole with Marble Cheese and Provolone
Tuna Casserole with Marble Cheese and Provolone

Crumb Topping

Instead of cheese, you can top it with a Crumb topping. Mix the below ingredients and sprinkle on top before baking.

Tuna Casserole with Crumb topping
Tuna Casserole with Crumb topping

Crumbled Crackers can go on top too. Use Ritz, Vegetable Thins, or Swiss Cheese Crackers.

Garnishing Tuna Casserole

Garnish with Fresh or Dried Parsley, Aleppo, Chili Flakes, Green Onions, and/or Drizzle Melted butter over top the Cheese. The Parsley & Aleppo combo is something I use very often. It just makes the color pop.

Variation of Tuna Casserole

  • Try it with other Cream of Soups!
  • Add an Extra Can of Tuna!
  • Try it with Egg Noodle Pasta!
  • If you like it more saucy, add more milk or cream
  • Add a little extra Provolone Cheese for stretchy goodness.

This is a dish that is highly versatile. Make yours today and find out what combination You & Your Family like best. Let it cool before serving and Make Your Belly Smile!

Tuna Casserole
Plated Tuna Casserole

Tuna Casserole

Delicious Comforting Tuna Casserole with Short Pasta & Tuna coated in a Creamy Sauce and topped either with a Cheese Blend or Crumb Topping. Serve it up as a Casserole or in single serve Au Gratin dishes.
Servings: 6 people
Prep5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes

Equipment

  • Au Gratin or Casserole Dish (9×13)

Ingredients

  • 3 C Short Pasta - Macaroni, Penne, Egg Noodles
  • 1-2 Cans Tuna - Juices squeezed out
  • 2-3 stalks Green Onions - Chopped, optional
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1/4 C Cream/Milk - or more for creamier
  • 1 Tbl Butter - or more
  • 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Aleppo or Chili Flakes - or more if you like it spicy
  • Mozzarella Cheese Blend with Cheddar Cheese - See notes

Instructions

  • Boil Pasta just until al dente in 16 Cups of Water & 2 Tbl of Sea Salt.
    Strain and place back into pot filled with cold water to stop the cooking process. Once the pasta has cooled down, strain again. Place the pasta back into the pot. Combine remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Place into single serve Au Gratin dishes or a Casserole Dish and top with Cheese.
    Bake in preheated oven at 450 F for 15 minutes. Broil the top if it needs color.
  • Optionally Garnish with Aleppo & Parsley, Green Onions, Chili Flakes and drizzle Melted Butter over top the Cheese.

Notes

 
Marble or Cheddar Cheese is typically used, and you can just stay with that. But the Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese blend at a ratio of 3:1 added to the Cheddar Cheese to get a Marbled Cheese is phenomenal.
 
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keywords: Pasta Bake Tuna, Tuna Casserole, Tuna Pasta Bake
Author: JAH

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