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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 (6 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • 1. 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 parsley if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

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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!"

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!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

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

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."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"Great recipe !"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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.."

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