Back to Macaroni Tuna Casserole

Print Options


Card Sizes

Macaroni Tuna Casserole Recipe

Macaroni Tuna Casserole Recipe

This dish is so easy to fix, and the flavor is better than any tuna helper I've ever tried. It was a staple when I was in college since a box of macaroni and cheese and a can of tuna cost so little. —Suzanne Zick, Osceola, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 package (7-1/4 ounces) macaroni and cheese
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (5 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Stir in soup, tuna and milk. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and, if desired, parsley. Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Reviews for Macaroni Tuna Casserole

Sort By :

Average Rating
[email protected] User ID: 6993142 264674
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"I made this dish frequently while my kids were growing up-- it's SO kid-friendly! I have always doubled the amount of tuna called for in ANY tuna recipe to make sure there was enough protein per person served and this dish was no exception. 1 6-oz. can is hardly enough for 2 folks, let alone 4. I enjoyed the cream of celery flavor--a nice change from the cream of chicken or mushroom that is more prevalent. The recipe is so easy, the kids can help you make it!"

usedtoworkrn User ID: 7149990 263574
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2017

"I had such a taste for this after I saw the recipe, so I made it tonight!!! I made it according to the directions but used Cream of Mushroom soup. Also added the cheese and some crushed potato chips. It was delicious and I will bet it will taste even better tomorrow!!! An old comfort food re-visited. It brought back memories of my mother!!!"

Angiethesinger User ID: 6893459 254976
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"I have made this for years. I also add a can of peas."

[email protected] User ID: 4116893 247713
Reviewed May. 1, 2016

"this was beyond disgusting. made exactly as written and the whole thing ended up in the trash! what a waste of money."

Cooklover123 User ID: 8790958 244810
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"Great recipe !"

chris28304 User ID: 2137086 238939
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"I found this recipe almost 20 years ago in a Taste of Home magazine. I have made it numerous times over the years. If you like tuna casserole you are sure to enjoy this."

MimiFL4 User ID: 8019335 235331
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2015

"@ Alfoa - Whenever a recipe says to prepare according to package directions, it means to use the ingredients on the package and prepare like the box says to. The recipe usually does NOT include those ingredients or measurements, unless it specifically says so. So, in this case, you would use 1/4 cup milk, margarine, and the 1/2 cup milk called for in this recipe ingredients list. With this particular recipe, it wouldn't can make with a little less milk (even substitute evaporated milk or half-n-half) or no butter, use cream of celery, chicken, or mushroom soup. It will taste slightly different with each change, but still be delicious!"

Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 233816
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

"I decided to try this recipe because my daughters love mac and cheese, and I think I enjoyed it more than they did! I prepared the mac and cheese as I normally would (using the ingredients on the box), accidentally used 98% fat-free cream of celery soup (we couldn't tell), 1 1/2 cups of frozen peas and then sprinkled crushed baked potato chips and about 1/4 cup of cheese on the top in lieu of the full cup of cheese. Extremely creamy and delicious warmed up the next day as well!"

alfoa User ID: 2078080 214701
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014 Edited Jan. 10, 2016

"This is the third recipe I have made from Taste of Home with incomplete or incorrect instructions. It says, "Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions". Well, the package says to use 1/4 cup of milk, and also margarine. Yet margarine is not in the list of ingredients in the recipe! So, do I add margarine an additional 1/4 cup of milk? I decided not to. Luckily, it turned out well.

Response to MiMi: Thanks. That might be an outdated way of doing things now. Most online recipes, including TOH, have an option to add the ingredients to your shopping list. If additional items are on the box, but not in the recipe, they would not get added to the shopping list. It worked out for this particular recipe, but there are other TOH recipes that could easily be ruined."

tocryout148 User ID: 7746524 79015
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

"This is an awesome recipe!!! I made this for dinner tonight and the flavors were amazing. Of course i added a few extra things. I sauteed some portabello mushrooms, onions & minced garlic together and sprinkled with a Lil garlic powder. I also doubled the recipe. But instead i used 1 can of cream of chicken and 1 can of cream of mushroom. I also mixed together with Jack Colby cheese and sprinkled the top with Sharp Cheddar was Deeelicious!!!!! Thanks for your ideas.."

styles4u2 User ID: 6152497 202516
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"With Lent underway, I am always looking for new recipes. I made this tonight, was very yummy. I will admit that I used some improvising though. I used mushroom soup instead of celery, chopped some fresh mushrooms, and spread a layer of bread crumbs on top before baking. Loved the little extra crunch! I will make this again."

Batgirl93 User ID: 7489893 202515
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"It was very good but instead of using cream of celery soup I used cream of chicken soup"

ksugars User ID: 7387252 26180
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"Been in a dinner rut lately and needed some inspiration...made this with some modifications. Used the boxed mac n cheese but didn't have the cream of celery so I made a cup of white sauce and threw in some diced celery and a sprinkle of celery seed. Also added 2 chopped hard bolied eggs some diced onion and mixed a handful of shredded cheddar into noodle and tuna mix. Topped with crumbled potato chips. Yummo! Add-ins are endless. Will be making this again!"

HERBALTLADY User ID: 5655777 21244
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"Making this tuna casserole for the 3rd. time this year! Recipe is EXCELLENT on the budget! YUMMY COMFORT FOOD! :D"

navyman6 User ID: 6961282 45702
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"Absolutely fantastic . This was so good I made it twice in the same week. YUM YUM"

navyman6 User ID: 6961282 79013
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"Absolutely fantastic. This is so good I made it twice in one week. YUM!!!!!!!!"

Cookinkittylova User ID: 7217350 16388
Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"This was soo easy to prepare and the flavor was amazing for such low cost. I will definitely be using this recipe for future meals!"

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 20737
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"good to eat. fun to improvise with."

meealice User ID: 7203083 45699
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"This was a nice change of pace from my typical tuna casserole. I did make some changes though. I didn't make the mac and cheese as directed before adding the other ingredients. I cooked the noodles and then after draining, I returned the noodles to the pot with about a half cup each of diced celery and onion. I sprinkled the powdered cheese over the mixture and then used a half cup of buttermilk to dissolve the powdered cheese. Also, I mixed in the shredded cheddar instead of topping the casserole with it. Then, about ten minutes before serving I topped it with crushed potato chips because I think any casserole is better with a crunchy top! The results were very creamy and delicious."

lstriler User ID: 4869546 45698
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"My husband love Mac and cheese, this one is perfect, I used cream of mushroom instead. Thank you for sharing!!"

CyndiCook User ID: 6058318 16386
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"SO easy and DELICIOUS!!!! I would recommend this to anyone wanting an easy brunch, lunch, appetizer, or dinner! Try and pass on to friends!"

ladymluv09 User ID: 5285938 25297
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"Horrible, too runny. Won't make it again."

berniew User ID: 1310339 49178
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"I was out of cream of celery and cream of mushroom, so I used cream of chicken with some celery chopped up. It was delicious, I know that this will be a meal we want often. Thank you for this recipe."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 45697
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I never liked tuna noodle casserole till this one. I added some jalapeno jack cheese, pimentoes and peas to the mix. Oh, and I sprinkled doritoes on top and then put the whole thing in the oven. :o)"

billliej User ID: 2157991 44946
Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"We love this and it is so easy to fix."

billliej User ID: 2157991 47501
Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"We love this and it is so easy to fix."

Amy2160 User ID: 2020892 52116
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"This was good, but it tastes just like tuna chesse helper. I get hamburger helper on sale for 0.75 and just to buy the cream of celery soup for this recipe was $1.20. So it makes more sense to make tuna helper, which is cheaper and only dirty's 1 pan."

devilgrrl User ID: 5356323 50855
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"Very easy to make & delicious. A nice change from regular mac & cheese. My 11 year old loved it!"

billliej User ID: 2157991 44945
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"Loved it. Have made this for a few years. Have passed it along too!"

mabrossman User ID: 4617261 50549
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"I was looking for a quick and easy supper and this filled the bill nicely. It was so good and creamt! I used cream of mushroom instead of cream of celery, It was fabulous. The extra cheese on the top was the perfect touch."

fiestyiam User ID: 2591268 50847
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"Fast, easy and absolutely delicious !! My 17yr old couldn't believe that there was cream of celery soup in this casserole ! No leftovers :)"

kscdlc User ID: 1480921 52113
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"I never make any other tuna casserole as they just don't taste as good as this."

kscdlc User ID: 1480921 16384
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"I make this except I don't put in the extra cheese. I may try that though as you can't ever have too much cheese!"

Loading Image