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Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper Casserole

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Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper Casserole is a quick and easy tuna recipe that can be made in no time. Tuna noodle casserole is filled with delicious flakey tuna, egg noodles, peas, and a creamy base, so each bite is comforting. If you are on the hunt for the best tuna casserole, give my Instant Pot recipe a try today.

Classic tuna casserole is something we grew up eating! It was cheap, fed the family, fueled our bodies, and was a tasty dinner we all agreed on. I am always looking to save a little money on dinner.

Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper is the perfect solution. Cheesy & Creamy The perfect quick weeknight meal. Why waste your money on boxed tuna helper when you can make it yourself in 4 minutes. I also made Instant Pot Cheeseburger Helper that was a huge hit in my house.

Instant Pot Cheese Tuna Casserole


Cheesy Tuna Helper

I just love how the Instant Pot has so many ways to make my meals quick and easy while on a budget. Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of my favorite dishes, and a definite comfort food good for a quick weeknight meal that everyone will love.

10 Frugal Instant Pot Meals is a great place to find other Frugal Instant Pot meals that are also Quick and Easy to make without breaking the bank.


What Is Tuna Casserole Topped With

You can use a variety of items to top your tuna casserole. For my recipe I used bread crumbs, that is a classic tuna casserole topper we know and love. You could also crunch up plain potato chips and sprinkle over the top, my mom did that a few times growing up, or opt to leave the topping off. It is totally up to you.

Dump and Go Tuna Noodle Casserole

The Great thing about the Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper Casserole is you just Dump everything in and walk away. I literally put everything in the pot and cooked it for 4 minutes. You can also put it under the broiler after with some chips or breadcrumbs to brown the top but it’s really not necessary.  I also have a quick and easy Instant Pot Lasagna Helper Recipe you may love.

Tuna Casserole Recipe

What Type of Tuna Is Best

You can find a handful of options at the store when you are staring at canned tuna. Solid white albacore can be a bit pricier but it offers a milder fishy taste which is appealing to a lot of people. If you can’t buy that, reach for a tuna that is in water.  You don’t want to opt for tuna in oil, as that is a gooey mess.

How to Freeze Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper Casserole

If you didn’t know, you can freeze tuna casserole easily. Once you have finished cooking your casserole, allow it to cool. Then wrap in aluminum foil or place in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to six months, if properly stored.

To reheat the frozen casserole, allow it to thaw in the fridge the night before. This is important so the casserole can cook all the way through and not leave you with cold spots. Toss in the oven at 350 degrees and allow it to cook until the casserole is warmed all the way through and reaches 165 degrees when checking with a thermometer.  

How Long Will Tuna Casserole Last In The Fridge

You can store leftover tuna casserole in the fridge for up to three days. Anything after that you are risking getting sick off it because it could begin to go bad and grow bacteria.

Tuna Casserole Instant Pot

What to Pair With Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper Casserole

In a way, this dish is a meal in one. But if you are wanting something a bit more to go with your casserole, reach for one or more of these items. Fresh dinner rolls, vegetable sides, or even a crisp green chopped salad. You can truly pair whatever sounds good or you have on hand to go with your tuna recipe.

Cheese or No Cheese

You are welcome to opt out from adding the cheese to the casserole if you prefer it without the cheese. In our home cheese is welcome on pretty much any dish that greets our dinner table. But if you are not a fan of cheese, opt out!

Give this classic tuna and egg noodle casserole a try and let me know how you and your family like it. The Instant Pot makes it so crazy simple to whip up!

Instant pot cheesy Tuna Casserole


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Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper Casserole

Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper

Yield: 6
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Instant Pot Cheesy Tuna Helper Casserole is a quick and easy tuna recipe that can be made in no time. Tuna noodle casserole is filled with delicious flakey tuna, egg noodles, peas, and a creamy base, so each bite is comforting.


  • 16 oz egg noodles
  • 3 cups water
  • (2) 10oz cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can tuna drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, optional


  1. Place pasta in the Instant pot cover with water.
  2. Put tuna, frozen peas, and soup on top of the pasta.
  3. Close lid and place on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Do a quick release.
  5. Stir in cheese.
  6. Optional place in a baking dish and cover with breadcrumbs under the broiler for 2-3 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g

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Dee C

Monday 18th of July 2022

I have loved tuna casserole since the 1960s when my mom would make the original Campbell's recipe. I have cooked the casserole over the years for my own family and tried many different recipes. Now in 2022 I have an Instant Pot which I love and I wanted to see if the casserole could be made with pressure. I didn't think it could be as good as baking in the oven, but wow, was I surprised! This was absolutely delicious and so easy! It seems to have much more flavor than the oven baked version. Everyone wanted a second helping :)

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Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Wow,, Made this tonight! It was excellent ( of course I add lots of cheese) Really easy and fast..


Friday 11th of December 2020

This was great, I only did half a can of peas, just personal preference. I did not have frozen. But my instant pot would not heat up all the way. So I transferred it to the stove in my cast iron with a lid and just cooked it for about ten minutes or so until done. We all really liked it. It was very moist, and not to much tuna. Just the perfect amount of tuna taste. I will make this again. It was really very good. I just served with sliced peaches and toasted bread with garlic salt. Thank you

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