Did your mom make tuna and noodles for you when you were a kid? Mine did and I LOVED it. I forgot about it for years but then remembered that it would be a fantastic meal idea for those super busy days. You know the ones. Where the last place you want to be is in the kitchen cooking dinner? This is totally different from a tuna casserole recipe and you can make it in one pan right on the stove top! You pretty much only need to boil pasta. Boom. That’s my kind of dinner. You’ll definitely want to pin this tuna and noodles recipe for summer nights! It doesn’t really get easier than this. It’s just elbow macaroni, mayonnaise and tuna. I’m gonna tell you right now. I HATE mayo. Like, super hate it. This is the only thing I eat it in. I have to totally plug my nose to measure it but I manage to get through it. Because this is so yummy! I’m not going to cross this super simple meal idea off my list just because mayo makes me want to vomit.
All you have to do is boil pasta. I love pasta based meals. You just turn on the water to boil and then leave the room and do something else. I love a meal that you don’t really have to hover over. This means you can throw on a pot of water the minute you come in (like after a long day at the beach) and have dinner almost done. Once the pasta is done to your liking, you just drain it and put it back in the pan. Then you add your tuna and may and stir it up. That’s all you have to do!
This tuna and noodles recipe needs salt to really be delicious. I like to add a little seasoned salt but that is totally optional. The one thing that is not optional, though, is corn chips. Corn chips are a MUST! The salt is perfect for this dish and the crunch adds another texture that you are sure to love! The best part about this meal? It’s great cold the next day for lunch leftovers! My youngest son loves this dish and so do I! It’s on our short list of quick weeknight dinner ideas.
- 16 oz. box of elbow pasta
- 2 cans of tuns (solid white albacore if possible)
- 1/4 cup mayo (or more if you want this a little more moist)
- seasoned salt, optional
- corn chips Not optional. Don't skip it.
- Cook your pasta like you normally would.
- Drain tuna and add to the pan.
- Add 1/4 cup of mayo.
- Stir well.
- Sprinkle on the seasoned salt.
- Place in a bowl and top with corn chips.