Are you looking for an Easy Tuna Mac n’ Cheese recipe? You need to try this one! Not only is it super easy, your family will love it!
Easy Tuna Mac n’ Cheese
I don’t know about y’all …. but sometimes, I need quick meals. It’s really not optional. Saying that our life is busy, is an understatement. I’m sure many of y’all have a similar sort of “chaos” at your house! 🙂 I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking shortcuts every now and then- and this Easy Tuna Mac n’ Cheese is one of those meals that I turn to when time is short.
This dinner idea gets a quick start with the blue box Mac n’ Cheese – ya know the stuff that most kids love! Add some canned tuna, peas and a little extra Cheddar cheese and you’ve got yourself a kid-approved meal. And the best thing?! It uses things you probably already have in your pantry and fridge!
When I was a kid, I had an aunt who used to watch my brothers and I. One of the things I remember her making for us, is this dish – probably because of how easy and affordable it is – and the fact that most kids love mac n’ cheese! I hope y’all enjoy, too!
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Easy Tuna Mac n' Cheese
This dinner idea gets a quick start with the blue box Mac n' Cheese - ya know the stuff that most kids love! Add some canned tuna, peas and a little extra Cheddar cheese and you've got yourself a kid-approved meal. And the best thing?! It uses things you probably already have in your pantry and fridge!
- 2 boxes (7.25 oz. each) Mac and Cheese dinner
- 1 can (15 oz.) of sweet peas, drained, or 1 bag (12 oz.) of frozen peas
- 1/2 cup (1 stick or 8 tbsp.) butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup (4 oz.) Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2-3 cans (5 oz. each) of tuna in water, drained
- Remove the cheese powder packets from the macaroni and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and stir. Cook the noodles for 7-9 minutes. Add the peas during the last 2 minutes that the pasta cooks. Drain.
- Return the pasta and peas to the pan and add the butter, milk, cheese powder, Cheddar, and tuna. Stir well.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 436mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g
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Originally published on August 26, 2013. Updated on April 23, 2021.
Linda @ With A Blast
Adding Tuna to Mac & Cheese is one of my favorites! I like the peas in your recipe – pinned 🙂
You are so right , sometimes you just need a meal that can be fast and easy. This recipe reminds me of something my mom used to make and it was so good.
Hi Jamie, I love this recipe and I can't wait to make this for my family. I pinned it and I saw it today on twitter and I saw it also on kathe with an E. Take care.
Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com
I LOVE various things in my mac and cheese…hubby and son won't eat it…it drives me mad. If it's on the same plate okay…but mixed in..how horrible of me, LOL
I love tuna mac n cheese, unfortunately the kids hate when I mess with their beloved blue box, LOL. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.
My kids love the blue box mac n' cheese, me not so much. But with the addition of tuna and peas, I'm willing to give it a try and my kids will be thrilled. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.
Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
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