Homemade Cheesy Tuna Helper is a make at home version of that famous box of pasta. It is as good, if not better, than the real thing.
Years ago I did a series called homemade favorites. I shared make make at home versions of my favorite foods.
In that series, I shared a homemade version of Cheeseburger Helper and a homemade Stroganoff Style Hamburger Helper. I also shared this version of a favorite skillet meal, Homemade Cheesy Tuna Helper.
Ten-plus years later I am still making this family-favorite recipe. I love that I can make it using ingredients that I have on hand.
The homemade tuna helper took me a while 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 version of the boxed tuna helper, so I am not sure the taste on this is precisely the same, but it is close. We think it is actually better than the boxed version.
I also love that I can make gluten free tuna helper simply by using gluten free pasta. If you are gluten free this is a delicious inexpensive gluten free dinner.
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!
I have had 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?
- 12 ounces uncooked macaroni or similar type noodle ( gluten free pasta works great for gf version)
- 1 can chicken broth
- 12 ounces evaporated milk
- 12-15 ounces (or so) tuna- I like to use the foil pouches, but you can use cans just drain well
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- frozen peas- optional
- In a skillet or large pan heat broth and evaporated milk. Add pasta and bring just to a boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. You may need to stir once or twice while cooking.
- Once pasta is tender, stir in tuna and cheese and heat over low just until heated through and cheese is melted. If adding peas, you can stir these in as well until heated through.
Some in my family don't like peas, so I cook them on the side and those that like them just stir them in.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 395mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 14g
Nutritional values are approxomite and aren't always accurate.
Originally posted May 2013. Updated June 2023.