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Tuna Cheese Mac Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Tuna Cheese Mac

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"A delightfully cheesy combination of tuna, egg noodles, and Cheddar cheese."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cheddar cheese, milk, butter, cottage cheese, and sour cream; stir until melted.
  3. Pour cooked noodles into the cheese mixture and stir until well mixed. Stir in canned tuna and green peas; heat thoroughly.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 04, 2005

This is a great recipe, but I made a few adjustments. I used elbow macaroni, 1 8oz. can of peas (will use fresh next time), and after I mixed all the ingredients together I put the mixture into a 2 quart greased casserole dish, topped with a half cup shredded cheese and then sprinkled with 16 crushed saltines mixed with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Finally, the casserole is baked at 350 until bubbling and toasted on top (about 25 minutes). It was great, but next time I might use only 6 oz. (one can) of tuna. This is a very versatile recipe that is good and cheezy just how I like it! Would be great with a little hot sauce! Oh yeah, my cheese sauce turned out smooth (except for the lumps from the cottage cheese), but I do recommend melting at low heat! Medium heat started to burn my shredded cheese.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 11, 2009

We liked this, but we needed to add some heat for our tastes. Added some salt, pepper and chili pepper.

May 20, 2008

How to make a cheese sauce: Lower the heat, stir constantly, and have a ton of patience. When you think it's done, keep stirring it. And stirring it. And stirring it. It will feel like it's taking forever. But it will get smooth with lots of stirring, patience and medium low heat.

Feb 09, 2009

It's a cold, snowy day and we were kept home from work becuase of the weather. So instead of the cold sandwiches we normally take with us, we decided to have a hot lunch. I was in the mood for tuna but hubby wanted mac and cheese. This sounded like a combo of the two so I thought I would give it a try. I did make a couple of substitutions based on personal taste. I used only 1/2 the butter and sauted some onions in it before making the sauce. I also left out the cottage cheese, instead using more milk. And I added some garlic powder. This was tasty and very satisfying after a morning of shoveling snow. I will make it again. Btw... some mentioned that the cheddar didn't melt well. Try Kraft Four Cheese Melt in the grated cheese section. It works beautifully in any recipe like this.

Apr 14, 2011

I added sauted onion and celery. I add everything to the cooked noodles (didn't make the sauce separare.) I also added a little garlic powder! It was easy and good! Thanks!

Dec 09, 2006

Very easy and delicious!!! Great recipie .... will def be making again! Thanks!!

Feb 10, 2003

I used the shredded cheddar and the sauce was clumpy. I tried it again with Velveeta, which was very rich, but definitely made a better sauce. ABout 1/2-3/4lb Velveeta instead of cheddar is my recommendation. Not a bad recipe overall.

Oct 19, 2008

I'd give this 5 stars, but of course I changed it a bit. Instead of using cottage cheese, which I generally find to be bitter and difficult to cook with, I substituted an equal amount of cream cheese (This alleviates the "lumpiness" as well). I also added an extra tablespoon of sour cream. I added some chopped, crisp cooked bacon and substituted about half of the regular cheddar with smoked cheddar from the cheese case at the market. It turned it into a special, "gourmet" tuna mac.


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  • Calories
  • 535 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 129 mg
  • 43%
  • Fat
  • 35.2 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 40.3 g
  • 81%
  • Sodium
  • 648 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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