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Easy Tuna Mac and Cheese

A simple one pot stove-top tuna mac and cheese that creates a quick, filling dinner that’s done in 15-minutes or less!

Life can be really hectic. On days like that, we need quick meals loaded with lean meat and veggies. However, nobody wants to stand in the kitchen making a pot roast when they’re already tired.

That’s why Kim and I have recipes like this stove-top tuna mac and cheese. Meat, veggies, and pasta all in one dish.

The tuna mac and cheese served in bowls.
It’s a fast dinner option that’s perfect for weeknights.

Since it uses pantry staples, you’re bound to have all the ingredients on hand. Also, the meal is pretty cheap to make.

Combine one box macaroni and cheese, a can of tuna in water, and some frozen veggies and you have yourself a full meal. Want some quick recipes with meat, pasta, and veggies? Take a look at our bow tie crab pasta salad or our creamy Kielbasa pasta.

The finished pasta served in small white bowls.
We used corn and peas in our recipe. But, you can use any type of frozen veggie you enjoy.

How to make tuna mac and cheese:

Basically, all your need to do is put 6-cups of water into a medium saucepan. You can add a pinch of salt to the water to flavor the noodles. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.

The pasta and veggies boiling in a saucepan.
The recipe only uses one pot, so clean-up is a breeze!

After that, dump in the box of dry noodles and the frozen peas and corn. Then, let everything cook for about 7-minutes or until the noodles are soft. Drain the water.

Now, open the can of tuna and drain it. Add it to the pan of cooked noodles and veggies.

Butter and other ingredients added to the cooked and drained pasta.
Don’t forget to drain the water.

Last, stir in the butter, milk, and dry cheese packet. The dish should be warm and creamy.

That’s it, your stove-top tuna mac and cheese is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

The ingredients have been combined into a cheesy pasta.
The tuna mac is rich and creamy.

Tuna Mac and Cheese Recipe Tips:

  • If you don’t like corn and peas, omit them and add half a cup of any frozen vegetable you prefer.
  • For our recipe, we used the cheap boxed mac and cheese. Feel free to use a different version. But, if the brand you choose has a liquid cheese sauce, then omit the butter and milk.
  • You can store tuna mac and cheese, in your fridge, in a sealed container for up to 3-days.
An up-close view of the finished pasta in bowls.
The flavors mix perfectly with the mac and cheese.

Other mac and cheese recipes you may love:

Yield: 8 Ounces

Stove-Top Tuna Mac and Cheese

An up-close view of the finished pasta in bowls.

A simple one pot stove-top tuna mac and cheese that creates a quick, filling dinner that's done in 15-minutes or less!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 (7.25 Ounce) Box Macaroni and Cheese
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • ¼ Cup Frozen Peas
  • ¼ Cup Frozen Corn
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 (5 Ounce) Can Tuna in Water, drained
  • Packet of Cheese Powder (from box of macaroni and cheese)


Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and frozen vegetables. Cook until noodles are done, about 7 to 8 minutes. Drain, and place the noodles and vegetables back in the pan. 

Add the butter, milk, tuna, and cheese packet. Stir until the ingredients are combined and creamy.

Serve hot. The tuna mac can be stored in your fridge (in a container with a lid) for 3-days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2-ounces of the tuna mac. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 407mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 16g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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