Our Best Canned Tuna Recipes

Good news for anyone who’s cooking from the pantry tonight; that canned tuna you’ve got tucked away is the perfect protein for everything from warm, creamy casseroles to bright, Mediterranean-inspired salads.

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Tuna Noodle Dump Dinner

This creamy tuna-noodle dump dinner is made entirely in one baking dish, egg noodles included. It tastes just like the casserole you grew up eating but requires less equipment (and cleanup). Instead of using the classic cream of mushroom soup, we opted for a combination of cheese, broth, heavy cream and sour cream, which provides the same velvety texture.

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Tuna Everything Bagel

How do you make bagels and cream cheese even better? Top them with lettuce, tomato and savory tuna salad!

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Summery Herbed Tuna Pasta Salad

Marry tuna, pasta, green beans and carrots with an herby white wine vinaigrette for a bright and flavorful dish that tastes great anytime of the year.

Get the Recipe: Summery Herbed Tuna Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Melts

Craving a warm and satisfying meal? Canned tuna to the rescue. Season it with a few spices and tuck it into pita bread along with cheese before warming through. Simple and delicious.

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Tuna Melts

Keto Tuna Salad Cups

Tuna salad meets BLT in this keto-friendly mashup. Hang on to that oil in the tuna can for a flavor bonus.

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Linguine with Tuna Puttanesca

Puttanesca is an Italian dish that features flavorful ingredients like tomatoes, olives, capers and garlic. We’ve used all those same flavors here along with the tuna for a simple and delicious take on the classic.

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Tuna, White Bean and Olive Flatbread Pitas

Even if your pantry is close to bare, you probably have the fixin's for these super-simple and special flatbreads. The combo of sun-dried tomatoes and vinegar gives the bean spread a tangy earthiness that goes great with the tuna-and-olive salad. It's a perfect big snack or small meal. Or try the spread on your favorite crackers.

Get the Recipe: From the Pantry: Tuna, White Bean and Olive Flatbread Pitas

Tuna Noodle Casserole

You can always count on the classics when you need an easy, family-friendly meal. Ree’s recipe for tuna noodle casserole uses simple ingredients and is ready in just one hour. It’s guaranteed to bring everyone around the table!

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Spaghetti with Tuna-Mint Sauce

If you love a good pop of flavor, toss spaghetti with canned tuna, crushed red pepper flakes and fresh mint. It’s a unique dish, you’ll make again and again.

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Tuna Melt

We love this family-friendly twist on classic tuna salad sandwiches. Who doesn’t love an open-faced sammy topped with gooey, melted cheese?

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Pimiento Mac and Cheese

We can’t decide what our favorite part of this ooey, gooey mac and cheese is: the pimento cheese, the buttery cracker topping or the fact that the whole thing is made extra satisfying with tuna.

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Skip the mayo and give your tuna salad a Mediterranean twist. Flavors of lemon, fresh dill and tomato make this dish bright and sunny.

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Basil-Tuna Panzanella

Cubes of bread are tossed with tomatoes, basil, celery, chickpeas, cucumbers, tuna and capers and then dressed with a red wine vinegar-mustard vinaigrette in this simple, warm-weather dish.

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Parisian Tuna Sandwiches

Turn canned tuna into a fancy, bistro-style sandwich by adding artichoke hearts and olives from the pantry. Layer the tuna onto rolls along with some arugula and radishes and you have a quick-and-tasty bite.

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The Best Tuna Salad

While we love many kinds of tuna salad, this classic version tops them all. The crispy celery and red onion add zest and crunch, while mayonnaise and a touch of mustard marry it all together. The lemon juice is optional as it’s not traditional, but we strongly recommend it to brighten up the flavors of the final dish.

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Tuscan Beans With Tuna

White beans, salty olives and fresh colorful veggies turn simple canned tuna into a Tuscan-inspired treat. Serve in bowls as suggested or use as a filling in pita pockets or wraps.

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Spaghetti and Tuna Meatballs

No ground beef? No problem. Katie makes meatballs for pasta night using a pantry staple: canned tuna. Combined with breadcrumbs, cheese and egg, they come together easily and taste just as good as any meat-based version.

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Tuna Melt Bread Boxes

In this twist on the classic tuna melt, we hollow out four pieces of bread and layer them with all our favorites — American cheese, creamy mayo, canned tuna, tomatoes, pickles and sprouts. Potato chips on the bottom deliver a crunchy surprise.

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Tuna Tostadas With Chile Mayonnaise

Tostadas are a fun alternative to taco night and they’re great with canned tuna. These ones use chipotle powder, pimento-stuffed olives and pico de gallo for lots of smoky, salty flavor.

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Spaghetti With Spicy Tuna Marinara Sauce

Two simple pantry staples (that we’re guessing you have on hand right now) will totally transform spaghetti marinara: red pepper flakes and canned tuna.

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Tuna Casserole

This is a surprisingly low-fat version of the classic tuna casserole you grew up with. You make your own creamy mixture, which replaces the high-fat condensed soup in the original version. Fresh breadcrumbs toast right on top of the casserole!

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Breadless Cucumber Tuna Salad Sandwiches

These high-protein "sandwiches" are best assembled and served right away. We use English cucumbers because the skin is thinner than the hothouse variety and doesn't need to be peeled. Be sure to serve each sandwich wrapped in wax paper to keep all the juices contained — then bite with confidence!

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Skillet Orzo with Tuna

Tuna is the perfect protein when you need a quick meal from the pantry and this skillet pasta proves it. Grab a few essentials from your cupboard and refrigerator (beans, tuna, canned tomatoes, pasta and garlic) and you’re just 30 minutes from dinner.

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Tuna Bagel Nicoise

Nicoise salad is one of our favorites: hard-boiled eggs make it extra satisfying and olives add an irresistible salty flavor. This sandwich incorporates both of those elements, along with tuna, for an unforgettable bagel sandwich.

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Tuna and Tomato Sauce

Canned tuna is good for so much more than just sandwiches. We’ve always got some in the pantry and love using it to bulk up a simple dish of pasta and tomato sauce.

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Artichoke and Bean Salad with Tuna

Canned foods make eating healthy easier. And this salad is both easy-to-make and versatile. Canned beans, artichoke hearts and tuna make this good-for-you dish one you’ll enjoy eating for lunch or dinner.

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Classic Tuna Melts

Ree’s tuna melts are a must-make when you’re short on time. They’re ready in just 16 minutes!

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