cheesy gooey twisted tuna casserole

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
JacQue Lawson
Los Angeles, CA

This is NOT your average tuna casserole dish! My mom made a version of this when I was growing up, it's always been a favorite and I've been making it and tweaking it for over 30 years. Easy too - just dump everything in - no chopping! SO ooey gooey cheesy and flavorful! It's comfort food nirvana! The green chiles give it the "twist". Pot luck perfection and freezes well too. I've found so many great recipes on Just a Pinch so it's time to pay it forward by sharing one of my own favorites. I'd love to hear your feedback. ENJOY!

★★★★★ 1
serves 4
prep time 5 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cheesy gooey twisted tuna casserole

  • 2 box
    kraft mac & cheese
  • 1 can
    cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can
    diced green chiles (small size)
  • 1 can
    peas (small size)
  • 1 c
    sour cream
  • 1 c
    sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 3/4 stick
    real butter
  • 2 can
    light tuna in water (with water)
  • 2 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: PANKO BREAD CRUMBS MIXED WITH A BIT OF MELTED BUTTER, PARMESAN CHEESE, MORE SHREDDED CHEDDAR OR ALL OF THE ABOVE! (DEPENDS ON HOW DECADENT YOU WANT TO GET) ;)

How To Make cheesy gooey twisted tuna casserole

  • 1
    Cook noodles according to package. Drain. Return to pot and leave on low heat.
  • 2
    Add butter, sour cream, tuna water and cheese packets to pot. Stir until butter melts. (No milk needed - the sour cream and tuna water take its place.)
  • 3
    Add tuna, soup, cheese, chiles, peas, and seasonings and stir well.
  • 4
    Pour into a square or 9 x 13 sprayed or greased (buttered) pan. Top with optional toppings (above).
  • 5
    Bake @ 350 on top rack, uncovered for 30 mins. Crumbs should be nice and crunchy, but ovens vary so check after 20 mins to make sure crumbs are not burning.
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