Tuna Tomato Casserole Is Easy and Economical

Tuna Tomato Casserole

You won’t recognize the taste of tuna in this recipe.

 

Canned tuna is a handy and economical staple at my house when thinking of pulling meals together. Besides being simply delicious, it is a wonderful protein source with little fat and loads of vitamins and minerals. With all that is going for tuna, it only makes sense to take advantage and devise meals around it when it goes on sale such as with my Tuna Tomato Casserole recipe.

My Tuna Tomato Casserole is another different spinoff of your normal white sauced tuna casserole that is a delightful red-sauced version with curly pasta for your tuna with cheddar cheese, onion, chili powder and black olives. The chili powder and black olives add an interesting element to the tomato soup base that gives the tuna taste another fantastic dimension that was so good.

Anyone that doesn’t particularly care for tuna fish will hardly recognize that taste once you sample this recipe for my Tuna Tomato Casserole. Therefore, it is a great one to try passing off to reluctant eaters, especially if you are trying to stretch your budget since only one small can of tuna is all you need for this recipe. For most of my tuna recipes, I usually throw in two cans when making a meal. However, I only used one for this recipe because it is what helps keep the flavor from being fishy with a uniqueness of its own.

After I brown my onions, I like to take them off the heat and coat them with some flour like making a roux to thicken before returning to add my tomato soup and water. I found coating the onions with some flour thickens up the sauce for a better consistency than using a cornstarch.

You can use noodles or any form of pasta. I was on a curly pasta kick and stocked on those as well when they also went on sale. Therefore, I will be making more recipes with the cute curly pasta since I love the way they grab onto sauces.

If you are a fan of tuna, let me share more of my other tried and true home-tested recipes you also might want to try.  The first is for my Tuna-Cheddar Casserole, Cheesy Tuna-Rice Casserole, No Work Tuna Spaghetti, and my Favorite Tuna Patties.  Type in tuna in my search box because I have even recipes for this wonderful fish!

Tuna Tomato Casserole

1 small onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of salt
½ cups of pitted, black olives
1 can of tomato soup (10-3/4 oz.)
1 soup can of water
4 cups of uncooked pasta
1-1/4 cups of grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1 can of tuna, drained and flaked (6-3/4 oz.)
2-1/2 tablespoons of flour

 

Fry your chopped onion in the olive oil until lightly browned.

Take off of the heat and coat the onions with the flour before pouring into a covered pot and returning.

Add the tomato soup, can of water, chili powder, tuna, and salt and simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken and bubble.

Use all, but one-fourth cup of the grated cheese to incorporate with the ingredients. Then add cooked pasta and stir through. Top with the remaining cheese.

ENJOY!

Tuna Tomato Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
The chili powder and black olives add an interesting element to the tomato soup base that gives the tuna taste another fantastic dimension in my Tuna Tomato Casserole recipe.
Course: Main Course, tuna casseroles
Keyword: tuna tomato casserole
Ingredients
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cups of pitted black olives
  • 1 can of tomato soup 10-3/4 oz.
  • 1 soup can of water
  • 4 cups uncooked pasta
  • 1-1/4 cups of grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of tuna drained and flaked (6-3/4 oz.)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons of flour
Instructions
  1. Fry your chopped onion in the olive oil until lightly browned.
  2. Take off of the heat and coat the onions with the flour before pouring into a covered pot and returning.
  3. Add the tomato soup, can of water, chili powder, tuna, and salt and simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken and bubble.
  4. Use all, but one-fourth cup of the grated cheese to incorporate with the ingredients. Then add the cooked pasta and stir through. Top with the remaining cheese.

  5. ENJOY!
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2 Comments

  1. tat2gurlzrock
    January 15, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    This is a nice twist on a regular tuna casserole. Great recipe!

  2. ellen beck
    January 15, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    I would like this as I like tuna casserole. Hubby o the other hand would need to be ‘tricked’ He likes tuna in sandwiches but not much else. This is a nice variation.

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