I love 5 ingredients crockpot recipes, but sometimes I forget to get things ready in advance, and I have to get something ready quickly!
This tuna casserole: 5 ingredients recipe is a quick and easy solution on busy weeknights when you want something quick and delicious.
I could not believe how much the kids loved this easy tuna casserole. 5 ingredients, less than 10 minutes active prep time, and I had an entire casserole dish that they all begged for seconds of!
A creamy, cheesy sauce, perfect el dente pasta, perfectly cooked peas, and a crunchy, flaky topping. Oh, and a generous amount of healthy tuna, ensuring that your family gets the protein they need. If you have a hard time getting your family to eat seafood, add this recipe to next week’s meal plan!
This is a really versatile tuna casserole 5 ingredient recipe – you can substitute the cheddar cheese soup for cream of mushroom or cream of celery, substitute the peas for another preferred vegetable, and even substitute out the pasta for rice, egg noodles, or quinoa. Even if you aren’t sure if your children will enjoy tuna, you can use canned, flaked chicken.
What is a good side dish to serve with tuna casserole?
Tuna casserole is a classic comfort food that is hearty and satisfying, making it a popular menu item for dinner.
To bring out the dish’s flavor, it is important to choose a side dish that complements and enhances its flavor profile.
A good side dish to serve with tuna casserole might be boiled potatoes, which have a mild taste and texture that can perfectly balance the creamy texture of a casserole.
Alternatively, green vegetables such as broccoli or green beans will provide bright colors to the meal while also providing beneficial vitamins and fiber.
No matter what side dish you choose, tuna casserole will make for an enjoyable meal when served with any selection of accompaniments.
Can I save leftovers of tuna casserole?
Saving leftovers of tuna casserole can be a great way to get two meals in one. Provided that it is kept correctly in the refrigerator, this dish can last for up to four days with minimal quality sacrifice.
As with all food, reheating it to an appropriate temperature is highly recommended before eating; this will help to ensure both the safety and taste of the casserole.
Eating the same dish multiple times over several days may not be ideal from a culinary perspective, but it can be a frugal way to enjoy meals without having to cook something new.
What other ingredients can be added to tuna casserole?
There are a variety of ingredients that can be added to tuna casserole to enhance its flavor and texture. Dairy products such as cream cheese or sour cream can provide additional richness, while canned potatoes or sweet peas add colorful crunchiness.
Adding seasonings like dried oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes provides an additional flavor profile.
Finally, breadcrumb toppings or shredded cheese help create an attractive presentation with guests eagerly anticipating each bite.
With various components offered from the pantry, the possibilities for a delicious tuna casserole are endless!
Can I make tuna casserole spicy?
The pleasant flavor of tuna casserole can be enhanced with a few simple additions. Tabasco sauce and crushed chili pepper flakes are two quick and easy ways to give this classic dish an extra kick that will please the palate of anyone looking for a bit of heat.
In addition, adding flavorful ingredients like jalapenos or onions can further contribute to the spiciness desired in a tuna casserole.
However, one should be aware that care should be taken when using these additions, as too much spice can overwhelm the taste.
The key is to experiment until an optimal level of heat is achieved.
I hope you and your family enjoy this easy healthy recipe, and if you’d like some more recipe inspiration, check out my other recipes:
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- 2- ?oz cans tuna
- 1- ?oz can cheddar cheese soup
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise or 1/2 cup milk
- 2 cups uncooked pasta
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/3 cup flake cereal or breadcrumbs optional
Boil 6 cups of water over high heat. Add pasta and peas, turn heat down to medium-high and stir occasionally to prevent sticking until el dente (approximately 8 minutes).
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375F.
Open the cheddar cheese soup and mayonnaise, and combine in a large bowl. (Use milk as a substitute for the mayonnaise if you'd like a lighter meal.)
Drain the pasta and peas, and then toss in the soup-mayonnaise sauce.
Pour the contents of the bowl into a casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs or flaked breakfast cereal if you'd like a crunchy topping.
Bake for 20-40 minutes until the casserole reaches the texture you'd like. (If you'd like soft and cheesy, cook for less time; cook longer if you'd like a crunchy pasta topping and the texture to resemble what I've shown here.)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 7g