Stove Top Easy Tuna Casserole with Pimiento

Stovetop Easy Tuna Casserole in a pot on counter. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

This Stove Top Easy Tuna Casserole is a creamy and delicious comfort dish.  It’s full of flavor with tuna, carrots, scallions, cheddar cheese, noodles, and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it’s so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it’s a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

 

Easy Tuna Casserole in a bowl with a fork with pot in background. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

While you may not find a Tuna Casserole on a restaurant menu, it’s a warm, comforting, and yummy dish to make at home for dinner.  Growing up in the midwest, I think my Mom made Tuna Casserole nearly once a month and I always loved it.  As I was going through her old recipes, I came across it and just had to create my own version.  Yes, my Mom used a creamy soup from a can and it was yummy!  However, in my version, I created the creamy sauce by adding a bit of butter, flour, and chicken broth….and not only does it remind me of my Mom’s Tuna Casserole, but it might even be a little bit better (sorry, Mom!).

Easy Tuna Casserole bite on a fork over a bowl with pot in background. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR EASY TUNA CASSEROLE COOKING KIT

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

Peel and Dice Carrots. Slice Scallions. Store both in the same baggie or container in your fridge.

If your cheddar is not already shredded, you can shred it and measure out a 1/2 cup. Store in fridge.

You can also open and drain the tuna fish and store in a container in the fridge, but this is such a quick step, you may just want to wait until ready to cook to do this.

COOK YOUR STOVE TOP EASY TUNA CASSEROLE

Ok, get ready for super easy cooking!

Make the Egg Noodles according to package instructions, drain and set aside until ready to add to the sauce. You can be cooking the noodles while you are making the sauce.

Preheat a dutch oven or soup pot, add the olive oil, diced carrots, and sliced scallions (SAVE SOME OF THE SLICED GREENS FOR GARNISH IF YOU DESIRE). Stir to coat with oil and cook for 4-5 minutes until the carrots start to soften.

Diced carrots and scallions in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Add the butter and stir to melt, then add the flour and stir again to combine with the butter and coat the carrots and scallions. Cook for a couple minutes while stirring until the Roux starts to get golden brown, but don’t let it burn.

Flour added to diced carrots and scallions in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Diced carrots and scallions mixed with flour in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Add the broth slowly stirring as you add so that the roux mixes smoothly with it. Turn the heat to a simmer.Once the roux and broth are combined and the sauce is starting to thicken (about 3-4 minutes) add the half and half (or milk) and stir to combine.

Broth pouring over diced carrots and scallions mixed with flour in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Thickened Sauce in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Next, stir in the shredded cheese to melt, combine, and further thicken the sauce.  Last add the Pimiento and then the tuna. Mix to combine.

Mix in the cooked noodles and you are done!

Spoon mixing shredded cheese into sauce in pot for Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top! This Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Add Noodles to sauce in pot for Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole in a pot on counter. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole in a bowl with a fork and pot in background. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

 

Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole in a bowl with a fork and pot in background. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!
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Stove Top Easy Tuna Casserole

This Tuna Casserole is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This version is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) and I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, dutchoven, noodles, one pot, Skillet, stovetop, Tuna, Tuna Casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Wide Egg Noodles, Uncooked You can use Medium thickness if you can't find Wide
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, diced
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp White AP Flour
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half you can substitute milk
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar
  • 10 oz Tuna, canned, in water
  • 2 tbsp Diced Pimiento

Instructions

Prep Ahead for Tuna Casserole

  1. Peel and Dice Carrots.  Slice Scallions.  Store both in the same baggie or container in your fridge.

  2. If your cheddar is not already shredded, shred it and measure out a 1/2 cup.  Store in fridge.  

  3. Open and drain the tuna fish and store in a container in the fridge.

Cook your Tuna Casserole

  1. Measure out your Chicken Broth, as well as half and half (or milk).

  2. Make the Egg Noodles according to package instructions.  Once cooked, drain and set aside until ready to add to the sauce.  You can be cooking the noodles while you are making the sauce.

  3. Preheat a dutch oven or soup pot, add the olive oil, diced carrots, and sliced scallions (SAVE SOME OF THE SLICED GREENS FOR GARNISH IF YOU DESIRE).  Stir to coat with oil and cook for 4-5 minutes until the carrots start to soften.  

    Diced carrots and scallions in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!
  4. Add the butter and stir to melt, then add the flour and stir again to combine with the butter and coat the carrots and scallions.  Cook for a couple minutes while stirring until the Roux starts to get golden brown, but don't let it burn.

    Diced carrots and scallions mixed with flour in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!
  5. Add the broth slowly stirring as you add so that the roux mixes smoothly with it.  Turn the heat to a simmer.Once the roux and broth are combined and the sauce is starting to thicken (about 3-4 minutes) add the half and half (or milk) and stir to combine.  

    Broth pouring over diced carrots and scallions mixed with flour in pot for Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!
  6. Next, stir in the shredded cheese to melt, combine, and further thicken the sauce.  

    Spoon mixing shredded cheese into sauce in pot for Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!
  7. Add the Pimiento and then the tuna.  Mix to combine.

    This Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!
  8. Last, mix in the cooked noodles.  

    Add Noodles to sauce in pot for Easy Tuna Casserole. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

One thought on “Stove Top Easy Tuna Casserole with Pimiento

  1. OMGosh! This takes me back to my childhood as well. Our Midwest moms probably made the same dish. What comfort food!!! I do love that you make this from scratch though and not from canned soup. It’s such a super easy dish to throw together but what a flavorful recipe. Thanks so much to taking me back a few years.

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