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Homemade Cheesy Tuna Helper

So far in my homemade favorites series I have shared a homemade version of Cheeseburger Helper and a homemade Stroganoff Style Hamburger Helper. Today I am sharing yet another homemade version of a favorite skillet meal, Homemade Cheesy Tuna Helper.

When I made this a few week’s ago, my family loved it. I had planned on there being enough for my husband’s lunch the next day, but no, my kids had scraped the pan clean. That is how much all three of my kid’s enjoyed this.

The homemade tuna helper took me awhile to get just right. Or at least how my family enjoyed it. Now, I will say that it has been years since I had any versions of the boxed tuna helper, so I am not sure the taste on this is exactly the same, but it is close.

In fact, I think it is better not just in taste, but in ingredients. I controlled what went into it and that always makes me feel better about a meal.

If you have never made a homemade version of hamburger or tuna helper I encourage you to give it a try. You may never go back to the box again. Homemade versions are so easy and so good!

And I am having a lot of fun coming up with new “helper” style meals so look for more homemade helper recipes coming up over the next few months.

What homemade helper versions do you want to see?



Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. I bet small bits of cooked broccoli florets would be good in place of the peas as well.

  2. love more of these “helper” meals, please post!

  3. My Betty Crocker cookbook has a similar recipe using uncooked elbow macaroni and adding curry powder. Baked in the oven with plenty of liquid, so no need to precook the noodles.

  4. Another great recipe! Thank you for doing all the work in figuring out these recipes! My little girl loves that she now gets to have Hamburger Helper, lol!

  5. christine fortea says:

    I used milk and butter instead of the evaporated milk because i didnt have any at home. Came out delicious. My husband said it was better than the box. Thank you!

  6. We love all the “Helper”s, beef, tuna, and chicken, but they have so many artificial ingredients. How about Beef Pasta flavor? I love making homemade Helper dishes, but I can’t seem to get that one right. Years ago, our favorite Hamburger Helper was one called Rice Oriental. When it was discontinued, I had to figure out my own version, which we now like even better than the original.

  7. I just made this for my twins for lunch, it was delish! All the other recipes I found use cream of mushroom soup. I loved your take on it.

  8. How many oz is a can of chicken broth?

  9. Tried this recipe in a “large pan”, and with No Yolk Egg Noodles, and there just wasn’t enough liquid to boil the noodles in, and they came out hard and uncooked. Good recipe, just don’t try it with larger noodles that need more water

  10. Albert Buckenberger Jr says:

    What happened to the Cream of Mushroom soup, milk, sliced mushrooms, chopped onions, and bread crumbs on top?

  11. Thanks! This recipe was a hit!

  12. I made this using two boxes organic mac n cheese and subbed half n half for the evap milk. I only added 1 cup cheese in addition to the cheese packets. It was super creamy and delicious, and my kids loved it. I really think the key to this recipe is cooking the pasta in the broth/milk mixture at a simmer, rather than the usual boil in a big pot of water. The texture of the pasta was better than when I usually make mac n cheese, and the broth gave it extra flavor. Thanks so much for your recipes!

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