This pressure cooker tuna noodle casserole will bring you back to your childhood! The comfort food you love can now be made in your Instant Pot for dinner in no time at all and is loaded with all the ingredients you once made in your oven. If you’re looking for a new Ninja Foodi recipe, to try this is it!
Chunk tuna, noodles, veggies, sauce and cheese is another food group right. 😉 Making it in your oven is a given, but now you can make it quickly using this pressure cooker tuna noodle casserole recipe! Definitely one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom. (originally published 5/18, affiliate links present)
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- I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and tuna noodle casserole was just a staple dinner that almost all of us had probably every month.
- It’s a feel good meal that’s creamy and packed with everything for a complete meal right??
If you haven’t tried any Instant Pot casseroles yet they are our favorite because everything cooks together and is done in no time.
Pressure cooker tuna noodle casserole!
In fact you’ll love it more because it takes no time at all to make!!
Who doesn’t love tuna noodle casserole? It was a staple meal in my era. She also made what we call pressure cooker chicken and rice now. She had to use the stovetop back then though. Incorporating a vegetable was always important. So, peas are added to our tuna casserole but of course they’re optional if you aren’t a fan.
Mushrooms bring a great flavor to this cheap Instant Pot recipe too. Those are optional too if you want it just plain with no additional add ins.
- I want to say first off that the sauce does thicken as it stands.
Most pressure cooker recipes using a creamy sauce takes a few minutes to really thicken up. If you want that outcome then I suggest taking the lid off once it’s done and let it sit for 10 minutes or so.
- It will need a bit of time to cool before serving anyway so this will allow it to thicken up a bit.
You can always take some sauce out and into a small bowl and whisk some cornstarch into it too, then add back into the pot and stir to thicken it quicker.
I promise you though if you just give it a good 15 minutes to sit it will be as thick as you want it. The next day with some added cheese on top warmed up is a great lunchtime treat too. 😉
What goes well with tuna casserole?
- Green veggies like snow peas because the pod adds variety in color and taste.
- Fresh green beans on the side would also work as they compliment as seafood meal
- We added mushrooms inside this meal, but could be cooked in butter and served on the side.
What is in tuna helper?
- Well if you love this popular boxed meal, you will love this even more! Homemade is always better you know.
- That meal requires; 3 cups hot water, 1 cup milk. 3 tablespoons margarine or butter and 1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained.
- It is similar to this homemade tuna casserole but the ingredients are fresher of course.
Can you cook egg noodles in an Instant Pot?
- I cool ALL THE THINGS in my pressure cooker y’all!
- Not only can you cook these light pasta pieces, but you can also cook fettuccine, spaghetti, linguine or small elbow macaroni.
- Egg noodles take the least amount of time to get tender though. They’re my fave.
- If you love this style, try our Instant Pot crack chicken casserole too!
If you add other things into your Instant Pot tuna noodle casserole by all means throw them in! Let me know what they are so we can try it too. I love trying other people’s methods to see how they differ.
- Top it with cheese for added flavor, after all everything is better with cheese right??!!
What else could you top this killer meal with?
- Crushed potato chips is always fun!
- You’ll love crushed fried onions on top too.
Some people may use canned cream of mushroom soup but if you use the ingredients below instead, it comes out better. Often times condensed soups will trigger the burn message.
Instant Pot tuna noodle casserole
- Pressure cooker
- if you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest this non stick pot
- Tuna – I prefer this one if I can find it
- Egg noodles
- Frozen peas – optional of course
- Mushrooms and onion – great add ins
- Chicken broth – much more flavorful than water
- Half and half – or heavy cream
- Salt and pepper
Once you’ve made this you should try these other Instant Pot dinner recipes
- Pressure cooker lasagna recipe is an easy way to make a lazy lasagna style dish.
- Instant Pot taco casserole you can see below. It is creamy and hearty with ground beef or sausage.
- Tasty Pressure cooker Dorito casserole is something your kids will love
Yes the cook times seems short, but egg noodles don’t need long to pressure cook. I assure you if you follow these super easy instructions it will be a hit.
Time needed: 6 minutes.
Instant Pot tuna casserole
- Add ingredients
Place all ingredients except for half and half and cheese into your Instant Pot and gently stir together.
Put lid on and close steam valve. Set to pressure high pressure for 3 minutes. Do a quick release and open the pot.
Slowly stir in half and half and cheese (can use less or more cheese depending on your taste). Put lid back on ajar and allow to sit for about 3 minutes so it can thicken up and cheese can melt.
Then take lid off. The longer it sits the thicker it will become. Serve topped with fried onions!
You can skip the last part but I’m telling you, this quick and easy recipe goes from good to our of this world with these babies on top.
Stored in an airtight container, cooked tuna will last for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. You could freeze it too in covered containers or freezer bags. If you don’t have those cover with aluminum foil.
Of course. If you have leftovers just let them cool to room temperature and store in freezer bags. Lay flat and store for 2-3 months. To reheat leftover tuna noodle casserole allow to thaw out first.
Then put into a microwave safe dish and heat in 30 second intervals stirring in between. Add cheese on last round so it melts and makes it creamy again.
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Instant Pot tuna casserole without soup
That is right! Many others you might find online use condensed chicken or cream of mushroom soup, not here. I do use that in other creations but sometimes it can make your pot a bit finicky because it’s thick. This works best.
Nutritional information with calories, saturated fat, etc are listed below…but ignore that. 😉
Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole
- Place all ingredients except for half and half and cheese into your Instant Pot and gently stir together.
- Put lid on and close steam valve.
- Set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
- Do a quick release and open the pot.
- Slowly stir in half and half and cheese (can use less or more cheese depending on your taste). Put lid back on ajar and allow to sit for about 3 minutes so it can thicken up and cheese can melt.
- Then take lid off. The longer it sits the thicker it will become. (you can add some hot liquid in a bowl with some cornstarch then add back into the pot to thicken quicker too) Serve!