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Easy No-Bake Tuna Casserole Recipe

Updated on May 3, 2009

If you love tuna like I love tuna, you probably love a good tuna casserole. But, if you hate cooking and making a mess (like I do), you can't be bothered with digging out most of your kitchenware to make one of your favorite dishes. Fortunately, there's a really, really easy way to make No-Bake Tuna Casserole, and it's absolutely delicious. In fact, I've just had a serving of it myself, so I'm totally prepared to make you hungry for your own! This dish can be made as healthy (or as yummy) as you like -- and it will last for days. And you won't get tired of eating it, either! I make one batch and the stuff lasts me half a week, I swear. Perfect for college students, people living on a budget, or anyone who simply loves tuna fish.

What You Need

  • One large pot
  • 1 bag of pasta (I prefer medium-sized shells)
  • 2 cans of peas
  • 2 large cans of tuna (preferably the kind packed in water, as opposed to oil)
  • 1 small jar of mayo (Hellmans is the best!)

How to Make No-Bake Tuna Casserole

  1. Dump your bag of pasta in your large pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once the pasta is al dente, drain it (you can leave it in the pot, or transfer it to a large bowl)
  3. Add both cans of peas and mix everything together (personally, I add them straight from the can, as I like them a bit crisp)
  4. Add both cans of tuna and mix everything together
  5. Add mayo to taste -- you may want more or less, depending on how much you love mayo -- and mix everything together.
  6. Stick it in the fridge until chilled.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Other variations

I tend to prefer the simple version, but some people like to add celery, carrots, onions, potato, or bits of egg to their No Bake Tuna Casserole. I won't argue with them if that's what they want to do -- one of the best things about this recipe is how easy and versatile it is!

Note that you can certainly eat this casserole while warm, but it's best served when chilled. This is an excellent picnic meal, potluck addition, or summer get together meal. Kids love it, adults love it, everyone loves it; and they will love the leftovers, so don't be afraid to make a big pot!


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      shabalamadingdong 7 years ago

      Mayo? disgusting, try cream of mushroom soup, also add some black pepper. delicious.

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      Cailin Gallagher 8 years ago from New England

      My little boy loves tuna fish and noodles. I'll give this a try for his sake. Sounds so simple, easy and cheap.

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      dkrainwater 8 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      I would love to use this with the new Starkist flavored tunas. The Thai tuna might we give this a kick.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      This is just my kind of recipe, easy to make and versatile. Sounds great -except for the peas... I hate them- But I like the rest. I have a friend here who made something similar but he added two spoons of tomato sauce and sweetcorn, it was delicious with freshly baked bread.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I would substitute frozen peas (uncooked...they are brighter green and delicious) + probably add some of the other veggies. Haven't had tuna salad in a while and this will make me want to make some soon. Thanks!

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      Curious Traveller 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I can definitely see the appeal of this great recipe and how it will be very useful to many. Unfortunately, I don't like canned tuna, only fresh. :(