No-Bake Tuna Noodle Casserole

No-Bake Tuna Noodle Casserole
Staff Writer
Jane Bruce
Tuna Casserole

It may be a bit of a stretch to call this dish a casserole — it's not baked and it's not made in a traditional casserole dish — but that's what I grew up calling it. This no-bake tuna casserole was a staple in my house growing up (and it's still a favorite to this day), and it's the epitome of comfort food. Noodles, cheese, green peas, and tuna — doesn't get much easier (or delicious!) than that. I've made this version a tiny bit healthier by subbing in whole-grain penne and nonfat milk, but feel free to go for full-on comfort food if you want!

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6
Servings
301
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Salt, to taste
  • 1  Pound  whole-grain penne
  • 1  Cup  frozen green peas, or more to taste
  • 3/4  Cups  nonfat milk
  • Two 5-ounce cans tuna, packed in water
  • 8  Ounces  sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

In a large pot over high heat, boil enough water for pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta according to the package directions. When the pasta has 4 minutes left to cook, add the frozen peas. Drain the pasta and peas when cooked. 

Return the pasta and peas to the pot over low heat. Add the milk and stir. Add the tuna and stir to combine. Working slowly, stir in the shredded cheese until it is incorporated. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
10g
11%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
43g
33%
Protein
18g
39%
Vitamin A, RAE
120µg
17%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
326mg
33%
Choline, total
46mg
11%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
78µg
20%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
80mg
25%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
571mg
82%
Selenium, Se
32µg
58%
Sodium, Na
820mg
55%
Water
100g
4%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Tuna Noodle Casserole Shopping Tip

Ingredients like rice, pasta, and beans make for great casserole bases – they are inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes and flavors, and can stretch meat and vegetables a long way.

Tuna Noodle Casserole Cooking Tip

Making two casseroles is just as easy as making one – freeze the second for busy days ahead.