I love it when I find a recipe combination that my daycare kids are crazy about. This tuna bake for kids is an easy dinner idea, can be made ahead, freezes great, and pleases a crowd.

Tuna Bake for Kids

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I love it when I find a recipe combination that my daycare kids are crazy about. This tuna bake for kids is an easy dinner idea, can be made ahead, freezes great, and pleases a crowd.

I love it when I find a recipe combination that my daycare kids are crazy about. This tuna bake for kids is an easy dinner idea, can be made ahead, freezes great, and pleases a crowd.

Kids love pasta and most any pasta dish I make is a crowd-pleaser with the daycare kids. I make my own “hamburger helper” easy dinner ideas. This is one of their favorites lately. And anything I can make with canned tuna saves me money and time!

Pasta casseroles like this tuna bake for kids freeze great and can be made ahead. I love to make casseroles for the kids and set them in the refrigerator the night before. Then about an hour before lunch, I pull it out and set it on the counter while I preheat the oven. It makes the daycare day much simpler.

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Kids of all ages love this casserole and babies can enjoy it too because it’s soft enough for them to chew. This is a perfect choice for one of baby’s first table foods once they have tried all the single foods to start with.

Tuna is a great pantry staple because it has a long shelf life. Making pantry meals is a great way to save money when you are in times like we are seeing now. Grab a can or two of that tuna in there and get creative.

I love tuna. It’s healthy, low in calories, and yummy. I like to buy the white albacore tuna in water because it has a milder flavor than the other kinds. Growing up my mom always bought tuna in water, so I’ve always done that too. I prefer it to the oil-packed tuna. I either let my cats have the water or pour it right into the dish.

tuna bake for kids with carrots, peas and egg noodles

Make-ahead tuna bake

tuna bake for kids with carrots, peas and egg noodles
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Tuna Bake for Kids

This warm, comforting tuna bake for kids will please the whole family. With no canned cream soup, it's super savory and good for you.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, tuna bake for kids, tuna casserole
Servings: 8
Author: Christina

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg egg noodles cooked
  • 2 T Olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 c mushrooms finely diced
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 2 c milk
  • 2 cans, large albacore white tuna in water
  • 1 c frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 sleeve ritz crackers
  • 2 T melted butter
  • 1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • In a skillet, place 2 T olive oil, onions, and mushrooms and cook until onions are tender
  • Add 4 T butter and flour
  • Cook and stir until flour is slightly brown
  • Add milk
  • Whisk and cook until thickened and bubbly
  • Add tuna and peas and carrots
  • Cook and stir until carrots are thawed
  • Add noodles and toss
  • Pour into 9 x 12 casserole dish
  • Mix melted butter, crushed ritz crackers and parmesan cheese
  • Sprinkle on top of casserole
  • Place in refrigerator until ready to bake
  • Bake at 425 for 20 minutes

Can you freeze tuna casserole?

Yes. Freeze tuna bake for 24 hours, pop out of the dish, wrap tightly in foil and label including the date.  Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours and bake as directed or until the center is warm and bubbly.

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