Tasty Tuna Casserole Recipe
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Tasty Tuna Casserole Recipe

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Reduced-fat cream cheese adds a delightful creaminess to this easy, tomato-y twist on classic tuna casserole. Elsie Epp - Newton, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (12 ounces) albacore white tuna in water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 334 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 851mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 3 lean meat 1 fat


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drain macaroni; stir into tuna mixture.
  2. Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tasty Tuna Casserole in Healthy Cooking August/September 2008, p52

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"This recipe has a couple of issues. When I followed the directions exactly, we thought it was way too dry, so the next time I made it I doubled the amounts of tomato sauce and cream cheese to make it more creamy. That was an improvement, but I still think the seasonings need work. It's not that it's bland, but I don't think the oregano really suits the dish. I might try once more and go for a more Mexican twist by using a packet of taco seasoning instead of the oregano."

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"After reading the comments about this recipe being bland I made some additions. I added minced garlic, mushrooms, peas, and cayenne pepper. Then I topped it with shredded cheddar and bread crumbs. Next time I would add more cream cheese to give it a creamier texture."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2012

"It was just ok. It didn't seem to have a lot of flavor. We are not onion fans, so I left those out, so maybe that was why. My husband actually melted some cheese on top of his, which made it not as healthy, but gave it a little more flavor. I will probably end up making it again, but definitely adding some more spices of some sort."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"This one has become a family favorite for us! We have personalized it by substituting the tomato sauce with tomato pesto, tomato soup, or pasta sauce. We also add peas and or other veggies based on what is on hand - but mushrooms are a MUST add! We play with the spice mixture too. Sometimes we use Italian spices, sometimes celery seed or dill, sometimes we might make it a little spicy. It is a great basic recipe to play with. I have even added crispy onions to the top - guess I am just crazy like that!"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"I doubled the recipe for the size of my family. I also added 1 tsp. of basil and 1/2 tsp. of black pepper to boost the flavor. We liked it a lot!"

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