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Homemade Tuna Helper

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.



Homemade Tuna Helper is a quick and easy dinner recipe perfect for weeknights.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

This simple creamy pasta loaded with tuna is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

This tuna helper recipe takes about fifteen minutes from start to finish and serves four.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

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To make this creamy tuna helper, I started by cooking some egg noodles according to the directions on the package.

While the noodles were cooking, I dropped some butter and diced onions into a large pot.

butter and diced onions in a bowl

I cooked until the onions were translucent.

butter and diced onions cooking in a pot

I added some flour to the pot.

all purpose flour added to pot with melted butter and diced onions

I stirred well and continued cooking for three minutes.

butter and flour mixture cooking in a pot

I added some milk to the pot.

milk and roux being stirred together in a pot

I stirred well and continued cooking for a few minutes to thicken the liquid.

I added some frozen peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, black pepper and kosher salt to the pot.

peas, corn, cream cheese, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, pepper and parmesan cheese added to pot with milk and roux mixture

I stirred well and continued cooking until all of the ingredients were fully combined.

peas and carrots being stirred into creamy sauce mixture

I added the cooked egg noodles, some tuna and chopped parsley to the pot.

chopped parsley, cooked egg noodles and canned tuna added to pot with creamy sauce mixture

I stirred until all of the ingredients were well combined.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

I topped the pasta with some additional chopped parsley.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

Then the homemade tuna helper was ready to serve.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

This rich and creamy pasta dish is full of flavour.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

This homemade rendition not only elevates the classic Tuna Helper but also allows you to savor the satisfaction of a home-cooked meal.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

The twist of the corn and peas included make this dish hearty and one the whole family will love.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

If you are looking for an easy dinner recipe using canned tuna, then you need to try this Homemade Tuna Helper!

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

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PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE RECIPE CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

Ingredients You’ll Need to make this Homemade Tuna Helper:

  • 8 ounce egg noodles, cooked
  • ⅓ cup yellow onion, finely chopped add
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 7 to 10 ounce tuna
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped, divided

How to Make Homemade Tuna Helper:

  1. Cook the egg noodles according to the directions. This will take approximately 7-9 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, move forward with the recipe.
  2. In a large pot over low to medium heat add the onions and butter. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  3. To the pot add the flour. Make a roux by mixing for 2-3 minutes so the flour can cook out.
  4. Add the milk. Mix for 2-3 minutes until it is thicker.
  5. Add the peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, black pepper, and coarse kosher salt. Mix for 2-3 minutes or until everything is combined.
  6. To the pot add the cooked pasta, tuna, and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Mix for 1 minute or until everything is combined.
  7. Top with 1 tablespoon parsley.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

FAQS:

How should I store homemade tuna helper?

Store homemade tuna helper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

What substitutions could I make?

  • Egg noodles: You can use any shape of pasta cooked according to the package directions for this recipe.
  • Peas and corn: You can omit the peas and corn or swap them out with different veggies if you prefer.
  • Parmesan cheese: You could use other cheeses such as cheddar or Swiss if you prefer.

What should I serve with my homemade tuna helper?

You can serve your homemade tuna helper with a variety of side dishes to create a balanced meal. Here are some options:

  1. Vegetables: Steam or roast some vegetables like broccoli, green beans, or carrots to add a nutritious element to your meal.
  2. Salad: A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette can complement the richness of the tuna helper.
  3. Bread or Rolls: Serve with crusty bread or rolls to soak up any delicious sauce.
  4. Side Dish Greens: Wilted spinach or sautéed kale can be a tasty and nutritious addition.

Choose sides based on your preferences and dietary preferences to create a well-rounded and satisfying meal.

Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Tuna Helper

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

Homemade Tuna Helper is a delicious twist on boxed tuna helper loaded with egg noodles, green peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and tuna all in a creamy sauce.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce egg noodles, cooked
  • ⅓ cup yellow onion, finely chopped add
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 7 to 10 ounce tuna
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped, divided

Instructions

    1. Cook the egg noodles according to the directions. This will take approximately 7-9 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, move forward with the recipe.
    2. In a large pot over low to medium heat add the onions and butter. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
    3. To the pot add the flour. Make a roux by mixing for 2-3 minutes so the flour can cook out.
    4. Add the milk. Mix for 2-3 minutes until it is thicker.
    5. Add the peas, corn, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, black pepper, and coarse kosher salt. Mix for 2-3 minutes or until everything is combined.
    6. To the pot add the cooked pasta, tuna, and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Mix for 1 minute or until everything is combined.
    7. Top with 1 tablespoon parsley.
    8. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1147Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 312mgSodium: 803mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 162g

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