Cheesy Tuna Mac Recipe
Jamie here! If you’re looking for a meatless meal that you can put together fast, your picky kids will eat up, and will cost you under 50¢ per serving – this is it!
I was asked to post a meatless meal for the #SaveaLotInsiders program and this is the one I come back to most often. For this quick meal, you only need three ingredients: Tuna, Macaroni, and Cream of mushroom soup.
If it doesn’t sound yummy to you, I totally get it – but you’d be wrong!
Something magical happens when you mix dry, flaky tuna and cheesy macaroni and creamy mushroom soup. It turns into some awesome comfort food! My kids get so excited when I make this meal – I have to make a double batch because they come back looking for seconds and thirds. 🙂
To make Cheesy Tuna Mac, just cook the macaroni noodles like you normally would and right after you drain them, add the tuna. Stir it around as it breaks up and heats through. Next, stir in your milk and cheese sauce packet, followed by the cream of mushroom soup.
I like to stir in a slice of American cheese and a little more milk to make it extra cheesy.
And you know, some shredded cheese on top never hurt anybody’s feelings either 😉
Serve with applesauce and a biscuit and you’re done with dinner in about 10 minutes!
I went to Save-a-Lot for these ingredients and I spent only $2.47. Here are the prices of each ingredient:
(Prices may vary by location, these were the prices at my Cleveland, TN store.)
Mac & Cheese was 39¢
The good white albacore tuna in water was $1.39, and the normal light tuna was just 69¢.
Cream of mushroom soup was 79¢
My total cost for this meal was $2.47, though if you opted for the light tuna instead of the solid white albacore, you would pay only $1.87. Since it could feed four, that’s only 47¢ per serving. Add a cup of applesauce and a biscuit or two to go with it, and it adds $1.99 to your total. (Biscuits: 50¢, Applesauce: $1.49) That brings each serving up to 96¢ per person.
If you are truly strapped for cash, as we have been during some seasons of our lives, this is a frugal little recipe to keep handy.
Save-a-Lot is the nearest grocery to my house, so I often run there for the “Ooops I forgot an ingredient!” trip. I like to shop there because they have low prices, a great produce section, lots of ethnic items (which is great because we eat our weight in Mexican food around here!) and it’s easy to get in and get out fast.
And, if this weren’t a meatless recipe, I’d definitely be talking about visiting the meat section, which often has Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale for around $1.99/lb. I always stock up when I find that deal!
- Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
- Can of tuna, drained
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- ½ Cup Milk
- Cook the macaroni noodles according to the package
- Drain and immediately stir in the tuna.
- Turn the heat down to low and stir tuna around as it breaks up and heats through.
- Next, stir in milk and cheese sauce packet to make a sauce.
- Finally,stir in cream of mushroom soup until fully incorporated and heated.
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