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Tasty Tuna Casserole

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


  • 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


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Drain macaroni; stir into tuna mixture.
  • Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 334 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 851mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Candace
    Jul 2, 2019

    The first time I made this, I made it as the recipe stated and it was GROSS. It was dry and the flavors were bland and didn't work together. I tried making it again to see if I could make it better. I doubled the cream cheese to make it not so dry and omitted the oregano as I didn't think it tasted right with it. I added minced garlic, lots of garlic salt, onion powder, an extreme amount of pepper, and freshly grated parmesan then I mixed it with the pasta. I put it in the baking dish and I put another layer of pepper on top (I'm a huge pepper fan) and a layer of grated parmesan on top and baked it covered for 20 mins. It came out a million times better and I would eat this version again!

  • Medic 716
    Jun 27, 2018

    It was okay, wish I would have read the other reviews prior to making. Lacks in seasoning and was dry.

  • vjblan1958
    Jul 1, 2017

    I made this, and I give it one star. It is not good. I tried some of the suggestions of others who have reviewed this recipe. But I don't see me making this again.

  • PamHill
    Jun 29, 2016

    I tried this recipe but followed the suggestions of other reviewers to spice up this dish- which is exactly what I did. I added dried dill, ground black pepper, onion powder instead of onions, and dried chopped garlic. I topped it with grated parm cheese before baking. The kids gobbled it up, and the pan was basically licked clean. This recipe really is a keeper once you add some spices.

  • Jogeng09
    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.

  • cookmama300
    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.

  • supersportgirl
    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.

  • Momma_Grace
    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!

  • LisaLozosky
    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!

  • Geranium9
    Nov 24, 2011

    I used pasta sauce and tomato paste instead of the tomatoe sauce and added some peas. I liked it for a nice lunch.