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Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole

This classic Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole recipe is an old-fashioned, easy, family-friendly dinner that takes about 20 minutes to make! You can’t beat the cheesy combination of tender noodles, canned tuna fish, and sweet peas, all tossed together in a creamy sauce with crushed potato chips!

This Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole recipe is a quintessential American dish that is made from scratch and under $10 to make, your kids will love it!

Why I love This Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole Recipe:

  • Tuna noodle casserole requires just six ingredients.
  • The ingredients are all pantry staples you most likely already have on hand.
  • You can quickly prepare it, it’s tasty, and it’s versatile.
  • Therefore, I’ll be able to spend more time with my family…
Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole
Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole

Which tuna is best for Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

I recommend solid white albacore tuna in water for this Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole. I prefer either StarKist or Bumble Bee brands; the albacore tuna has a mild (less “fishy”) flavor and a more solid texture that holds up better when mixed into a dish.

Make sure that you drain the tuna well before combining it with the other ingredients. You don’t want a watery casserole!

What other vegetables can i add to Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

These vegetables That Taste Great in Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole:

  • Diced canned or tomatoes
  • Frozen, fresh or canned corn
  • Frozen, fresh or canned peas
  • Green beans
  • Diced zucchini or other squashes
  • Add more fresh mushrooms

Can I make Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole ahead of time?

Yes, Even on busy nights, this easy, healthy meal can be prepared ahead of time and served right away. Assemble the Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole, wrap tightly, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before baking. When ready to bake, allow the dish to sit on the counter and come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before placing it in the oven.

Recipe Variations

  • As a substitute for cream of mushroom soup, use cream of chicken or cream of celery.
  • You can even make this Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole without tuna. Just use the same amount of canned chicken, store-bought rotisserie chicken, and leftovers from another meal, or boil your own chicken at home.
  • Use your favorite cheese. I like sharp cheddar, but any other good melting cheese will work. Try Pepper Jack, Monterey Jack, Colby, Swiss, or American cheeses.
  • Stir 1 cup of grated cheese into the filling for an extra-cheesy casserole.
  • Try adding parsley, thyme, basil, or chives to the sauce for more flavor.
  • In place of potato chips, top the casserole with crushed Ritz crackers, buttered breadcrumbs, crushed French-fried onions, or crushed Corn Flakes cereal.
  • You can omit the peas, or use another vegetable of your choice. Try crisp-tender broccoli florets, steamed or canned green beans, or frozen (thawed) mixed vegetables. Sauteed fresh mushrooms or canned mushrooms would also be lovely.
  • For a larger family, double all of the ingredients and bake the casserole in a deep 9 x 13-inch dish.

How To Make Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Next, you want to grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish then set it aside.
  3. Using a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the noodles just until al dente according to package directions (about 6 minutes). Drain.
  4. Now, whisk together condensed soup and milk In a large bowl then gently stir in the cooked noodles, tuna, and peas.
  5. Make sure to taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary then transfer the mixture to the prepared dish.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top, then crushed potato chips.
  7. Bake your Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the inside is hot and bubbly.
Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole
Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole

What to Serve with Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

This Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole goes well with any of the following sides:

How To Reheat Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

To reheat Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole in the oven, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbling. Individual portions of Tuna Noodle Casserole may also be reheated in the microwave with great success.

Recipe Tips

  • You want to cook the pasta just until al dente (tender but with a firm bite). The noodles will continue to cook in the oven and you do not want them mushy or overdone.
  • Solid white albacore tuna in water is recommended (not chunk light or other varieties).
  • Before adding the tuna fish to the casserole, drain it well.
  • There’s no need to thaw the peas before adding them to the dish. Stir them in while they’re still frozen – this will help them stay nice and green in the casserole (rather than turning brown and mushy).
Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole
Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole

FAQ Section

What kind of noodles should i use for Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

This Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole recipe calls for egg noodles — Egg noodles are a traditional ingredient in the classic dish. I prefer the fairly narrow “medium” egg noodles, but you can also use the wider “extra broad” egg noodles.

What other types of noodles can i use in Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

Feel free to experiment and use any type of pasta you have on hand for your Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole, you can try elbow macaroni, penne pasta, spaghetti, or rotini, too!

Can I freeze uncooked Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole?

Yes, Freeze your Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole before baking. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, cover with foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, allow the dish to come to room temperature on the counter for at least 30 minutes, and then bake according to the recipe.

How long Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole leftovers last in the fridge?

Your Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a 350-degree oven, covered, just until warmed through (about 20-30 minutes). You can reheat individual servings in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Do I have to cook the noodles before baking?

In this Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole recipe, the noodles should be boiled first. You can cook them al dente (slightly firm) because they will continue to cook in the casserole, but you don’t want them to be dry.

What kind of condensed soup for Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole recipe?

We typically use cream of mushroom, but any of the “creams of” soups will work. If you use cream of celery or cream of bacon, your children will like the dish. You can even add a little more protein to the dish by using the cream of chicken soup.

Can you cook Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole from frozen?

Yes, to cook your Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole from frozen add 45 – 60 minutes to the bake time. For the extra initial cook time bake, your casserole is covered then uncovered for the last 20 minutes.

What to eat with tuna noodle casserole (serving suggestions)

I love to make a big salad whenever we serve hearty casseroles. They just balance each other out so well! This salad with apple and walnuts is a personal favorite or this salad with figs and blue cheese is also delish!

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Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving ( 1 Cup | 236g )

  • Calories 344
  • Total Fat 15g
  • Saturated Fat 5.7g
  • Trans Fat 0.3g
  • Cholesterol 60mg
  • Sodium 778mg
  • Potassium 294mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 32g
  • Dietary Fiber 2.8g
  • Sugars 1.8g
  • Protein 20g
  • Vitamin A 9%
  • Vitamin C 6%
  • Calcium 19%
  • Iron 8%

Nutrition FActs Source: Source

Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 20 minutesCook time: 25 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 45 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:344 kcal Best Season:Available

Description

Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Next, you want to grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish then set it aside.
  3. Using a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the noodles just until al dente according to package directions (about 6 minutes). Drain.
  4. Now, whisk together condensed soup and milk In a large bowl then gently stir in the cooked noodles, tuna and peas.
  5. Make sure to taste and season with salt and pepper, if necessary then transfer the mixture to prepared dish.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top, then crushed potato chips.
  7. Bake your Pioneer Woman Tuna Casserole for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is golden brown and inside is hot and bubbly.

Notes

  • You want to cook the pasta just until al dente (tender but with a firm bite). The noodles will continue to cook in the oven and you do not want them mushy or overdone.
  • Solid white albacore tuna in water is recommended (not chunk light or other varieties).
  • Before adding the tuna fish to the casserole, drain it well.
  • There’s no need to thaw the peas before adding them to the dish. Stir them in while they’re still frozen – this will help them stay nice and green in the casserole (rather than turning brown and mushy).
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%
Saturated Fat 5.7g29%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 778mg33%
Potassium 294mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 32g11%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g12%
Sugars 1.8g
Protein 20g40%

Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 19%
Iron 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.