Skip to Content

Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole

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. It 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!

Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole

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)

Instant Pot Tuna Casserole

You can make this oldie but goodie in your Crockpot Express, Mealthy or as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe as well. All the brands work basically the same and all have the high pressure function you need.

Want to save this post?

Enter your email below and get it sent straight to your inbox.

Save Recipe

And be automatically signed up for our free newsletter too!

I used egg noodles and frozen vegetables but you could leave out the peas if you wanted. Prefer canned chicken to canned tuna instead? Swap that out instead if you’d like. It is very versatile. It is kinda’ like an Instant Pot tuna helper type of meal done quick!

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

star wars instant pot

Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • 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??

As I got older I appreciated a great tuna steak but still it isn’t the same as the creaminess of this dish.

If you haven’t tried any Instant Pot casseroles yet they are our favorite because everything cooks together and is done in no time. In fact you’ll love it more because it takes no time at all to make!!

Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole 3

Ninja Foodi Tuna Noodle Casserole

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.
instant pot tuna casserole

Tuna Helper Instant Pot

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. 😉

shredded cheese

What goes well with tuna casserole?

  1. Green veggies like snow peas because the pod adds variety in color and taste.
  2. Fresh green beans on the side would also work as they compliment as seafood meal
  3. We added mushrooms inside this meal, but could be cooked in butter and served on the side.
pressure cooker tuna casserole

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!
Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole 2

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?

  1. Crushed potato chips is always fun!
  2. 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.

Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole

Instant Pot Tuna Noodle Casserole

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. if you have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY suggest this non stick pot
  2. Tuna – I prefer solid white if I can find it
  3. Egg noodles
  4. Cheese
  5. Frozen peas – optional of course
  6. Mushrooms and onion – great add ins
  7. Chicken broth – much more flavorful than water
  8. Half and half – or heavy cream
  9. Salt and pepper

Once you’ve made this you should try these other Instant Pot dinner recipes

instant pot taco casserole 2

Ninja Foodi Tuna Casserole

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.

  • Place all ingredients in your pot except for half and half and cheese and gently stir together.
  • Put lid on and close steam valve to sealed.
  • Set to pressure high for 3 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and open the the pot lid away from your cace.
  • Slowly stir in half and half and cheese. You 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!

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.

homemade french fried onions

Some questions you may have in mind before getting started:

How long is tuna casserole good for?

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.

Can you freeze tuna casserole?

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.

We have a version of Crockpot tuna casserole you can try too.

Want to see a few of my favorite things that I am totally obsessed with?? Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!

Looking for more easy family recipes and tips? LIKE The Typical Mom Facebook page?

Then sign up for my free newsletter, and follow me on Pinterest! 😉

***** If you LOVED this recipe give it 5 Stars below and let everyone know what you thought about it. 😉

the typical mom

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. 😉

instant pot tuna casserole
Print Pin
4.91 from 21 votes

Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole

This pressure cooker tuna noodle casserole will bring you back to your childhood for sure. 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 Instant Pot recipe to try this is it!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, instant pot, pressure cooker, tuna
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 454kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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!

Video

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 1038mg45%
Potassium 457mg13%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 8.9mg11%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Julie

Saturday 22nd of July 2023

YUMMY! This was absolutely amazing! So easy too. I added a can of creamed corn and a drop of black pepper essential oil instead of black pepper powder. I also had added the mushroom and onion. My taste buds are smiling!! Looking forward to trying more recipes!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 22nd of July 2023

so glad

Whitney

Friday 4th of November 2022

Question: if I am using rice noodles in replace of wheat. Should I increase the time by 2 minutes or should it be fine?

The Typical Mom

Friday 4th of November 2022

I have never used wheat so unsure

Kathy Biallas

Saturday 26th of March 2022

This is such a versatile recipe and works with whatever veggies we have on hand. I used evaporated milk and mirepoix mix since we were out of cream and peas. Didn’t matter, because it’s still darn tasty! This is my go-to tuna casserole recipe for the Instant Pot; other recipes are annoyingly fiddly or complex. This is simple goodness, and it’s excellent!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

Yay!

The Typical Mom

Monday 28th of March 2022

Glad it was a hit

Cheryl

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

By adding leftover cooked beef and beef broth also substitute sour cream for milk and increase the mushrooms you could have beef stroganoff!!! But I did love your recipe too!

Marnee

Monday 7th of September 2020

i committed the ultimate cooking sin - not checking to see if i had all the ingredients BEFORE i started putting them into the IP. after everything else went in the pot, found out that i was all out of tuna! but i DID have a big can (12.5 oz) of costco chicken breast, so shredded that up. used heavy whipping cream & cheddar cheese at the end & served it up. hubs took three helpings! said it was delicious & i know he would not have been so enthusiastic about tuna casserole. even better as leftovers, but i wished i had had 1/2&1/2 instead of the heavy cream, as it made it a little too rich. but def a keeper & it will be in my meal rotation! thanks!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.