The Best Tuna Casserole I've Made (I Think)

February 12, 2016 1:32pm CST
Reading @JamesHxstatic 's post about his Beef Broccoli recipe and some salty fish sauce reminded me of the tuna casserole I cooked the other night. Basic tuna casseroles tend to use canned tuna, canned condensed creamy soups of some sort (i.e. Globby, salty messes) , peas, noodles, cheese maybe? They tend to be easy, convenient, and somewhat "comfort" food. The other night I was trying to figure out what to cook for the family because my daughter and I would be away for the entire evening. I needed something that could sit & easily be reheated. And since I waited until the last minute, I needed something fairly simple. I ended up making a different sort of tuna casserole that turned out quite tasty. Sure, it's still not the healthiest meal on the planet, but it was slightly healthier and it was definitely yummier. Here's what I did. Ok, so I had some of the canned white albacore tuna, which is much better tuna in my opinion. I used that, along with macaroni noodles. I had a bag of frozen mixed veggies (corn, carrots, peas, green beans) which I knew my husband would prefer because he's not a huge fan of peas. I added plenty of milk to the dish, then seasoned with this seasoning that I use ALL the time called Chicago Steak Seasoning. I had just a little bit of this sour cream dip leftover from super bowl sunday that was a "Fiesta Dip (with JalapeƱo)" So I'd guesstimate that I added about 2 dollops. Next I added a little cheddar cheese. I got lucky and had just a few chips leftover (also from Super Bowl ) to crush and put over the top. Of course, I baked this concoction in the oven until cooked through. I taste tested it before leaving for my daughter's activity and I must say that it was so YUMMY! All those little changes I did really added up to a better tuna casserole. I know I definitely prefer the white albacore tuna. I don't make tuna casserole too often, maybe twice a year, usually in a situation like this where I'm looking for something convenient. I'll have to remember this if I happen to have leftovers of the chips and dip next year after Super Bowl.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
13 Feb 16
Sometimes these thrown together dishes end up being the best, just hard to duplicate.
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13 Feb 16
yes, exactly! i've had things turn out so TASTY and don't think to write it down for later.
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@BelleStarr (38267)
• United States
15 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 lol me too and it is so annoying not being able to reproduce it exactly.
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15 Feb 16
@BelleStarr i got so lucky. i kind of did that iwht the stuffing last year on thanksgiving. and when i went to recreate it this thanksgiving, i realized i had wrote about it in a blog. so i found the blog! see there is a purpose to this writing!
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
12 Feb 16
Now you make me want to make my own tuna casserole. And it will be perfect for lent. Thanks for sharing your modified recipe.
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12 Feb 16
yes, i may have to try to recreate during lent!
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@Juliaacv (30346)
• Canada
12 Feb 16
Now that's a really good idea, I'll have to remember that one!
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
12 Feb 16
That sounds like a good meal and easily reheated for later use.
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12 Feb 16
I made a pretty small amount, not wanting leftovers mostly because I didn't realize it would taste so good! :-)
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
13 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 That means next time you will make enough for all of us here, right?
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@OKennedy (1144)
• United States
22 Feb 16
That sounds really great I like tuna salad. I use small pasta spiral ones work well. I cook and cool the pasta and use mayonnaise instead of cheese.
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22 Feb 16
that sounds good too, although I'm not a big mayo fan
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@OKennedy (1144)
• United States
22 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 Maybe something like bacon ranch might work for you if you don't like mayo much.
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23 Feb 16
@OKennedy bacon ranch sounds good!
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Feb 16
That sounds like a great casserole. The albacore tuna is by far the best. I buy it at Costco so we have plenty (lol) on hand.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Feb 16
and thank you for the mention!
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13 Feb 16
yep, that's why i had some on hand. i bought it at costco quite awhile ago. when i said tuna, one or two kids said, "I don't like tuna!" yet, lo and behold, they liked the casserole!
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@lilnana1111 (2341)
• United States
26 Feb 16
Sounds yummy!
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26 Feb 16
it really was! hopefully i can recreate it since i wrote this post about it to remember
@Tampa_girl7 (25693)
• United States
14 Feb 16
I haven't had tuna casserole in ages.
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14 Feb 16
it had been awhile here too
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@andriaperry (50864)
• United States
13 Feb 16
Get on chopped! you can do it!
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13 Feb 16
aren't those professional chefs though? :-)
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Feb 16
I used to love tuna casserole but we don't often have it now.
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13 Feb 16
as a kid it was one of my FAVORITES.
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@amadeo (65895)
• United States
12 Feb 16
I love tuna casserole.It is too bad that we cannot put recipe on here?
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13 Feb 16
I rarely follow a real recipe when i cook. so i put up there how i made it. obviously, just adjust amounts to what you think it would need.
@Juliaacv (30346)
• Canada
12 Feb 16
I make my tuna casserole with noodles also, and crushed potato chips on the top, we just love it that way. Which reminds me.....its been years since we've had any of that. But too late for tonight as I've got a small pot of chili simmering for supper.
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13 Feb 16
i didn't start with the chips on top until sometime in the last 14 or so years. i think someone made it that way & i tasted it. never knew that until then. so i am always hoping we have chips on hand to put on top.
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@TRBRocks420 (77605)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Feb 16
Sounds pretty good. I love tuna casserole.
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12 Feb 16
I have always enjoyed it too, but I don't make it too often because it's pretty high in calories & my kids aren't nuts about tuna
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@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
13 Feb 16
Now I am thinking where i could ever find albacore tuna here. I want to try cooking tuna casserole too.
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@Ladypeace (2056)
• Singapore
13 Feb 16
A lovely accidental discovery. I also love making impromptu adjustments with unexpected ingredients from the pantry - sometimes resulting in something delightful.
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@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
12 Feb 16
I am glad it turned out well.
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@Lucky15 (33384)
• Philippines
22 Feb 16
I have been into tuna lately due to fasting. I might check recipes of this. :)
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
14 Feb 16
That way of making the tuna casserole sounds a lot tastier the one we are used to.
• Dallas, Texas
13 Feb 16
I love tuna casserole
• United States
13 Feb 16
I haven't had tuna casserole in years but the few changes you made do sound yummy.
@Blondie2222 (21809)
• United States
13 Feb 16
It sounds really good and I'm glad it turned out well. I haven't made a good tuna casserole in awhile but it sure does sound good right now.