Gather round the dinner table for this meal. Tuna Casserole with Egg Noodles is classic comfort food! Tender egg noodles and mushroom soup mixed with albacore tuna, combined with shredded cheese, sliced mushrooms and fresh peas. Baked until hot and bubbly with a crunchy golden brown topping
🧡 Why you'll love this recipe
This delicious Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe is pure comfort food! It's made using simple pantry ingredients that you keep on-hand.
Everyone needs a simple recipe like this to put together because it's all about pantry staples. It's a great meal when you don't know what to cook and don't feel like going to the store. Look in your pantry and refrigerator, I bet you'll have everything you need!
The end result is an easy tuna casserole recipe that's perfect for busy weeknights meals!
You'll only need a handful of simple ingredients. For the exact measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- flaky tuna, you'll need 2 cans of tuna fish - you can substitute canned chicken, that will be terrific as well.
- extra wide egg noodles or medium egg noodles are the traditional choice, but you can use other types of pasta; penne, rigatoni or elbow macaroni would be delicious as well.
- mushroom cream soup - cream of chicken soup or cream of celery soup can be substituted.
- mushrooms - I used canned mushrooms, but you can also use fresh mushrooms. You can also omit them and this classic tuna noodle casserole will still be delicious!
- shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan - substitute Colby, or pepper jack, super yummy! You could substitute pecorino if parmesan cheese isn't available.
- frozen peas are best!
- half & half - you can substitute whole milk or even evaporated milk, that would make it super creamy!
- bread crumbs - panko bread crumbs will make the topping super crispy - yum! You can also use Italian bread crumbs for crispy flavor.
This is an overview, for detailed instructions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Cook noodles according to package instructions to al dente.
- In a large bowl, mix together the soup, milk, mushrooms and tuna making a creamy sauce.
- Fold in the noodles and cheese into the cream sauce, pour the tuna mixture into a baking dish, add the bread crumb mixture to the top, melt butter and drizzle on top of the casserole.
- Bake the cheesy tuna casserole in the oven, finish under the broiler. Garnish with parsley or thinly sliced green onions.
How easy is that? A pantry meal that's delicious and doesn't break the bank - gotta love that!
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- These mixing bowls - I have two sets and use them daily!
- I have two sets of measuring spoons. I like these because they fit in the spice jars.
- 9x13-inch baking dish - this one has great handles, making it easy to handle when hot.
Bread crumbs - store-bought or homemade, whatever you have! What, no bread crumbs? Substitute with potato chips, crushed pretzels or a can of fried onions.
You can easily make your own bread crumbs using stale bread, rolls or croissants. Just give them a rough chop and blitz them in the food processor.
Bake covered for the first 30 minutes - uncover and finish by browning under the broiler.
I recommend solid white albacore tuna packed in water, certainly use the tuna product you and your family enjoy most!
- Cheddar, Monterey Jack or ? Use your favorite cheese!
- Cook the noodles to al dente so the noodles don't get mushy after baking.
- Make in advance - Prepare the casserole up to a day before. Wait to add the topping until you're ready to bake.
- Double this classic recipe and freeze a second casserole. An easy dinner tonight or the days you don't want to cook!
- Save a cup of pasta water or se it or a cup of milk. Add it sparingly as you combine the mixture to make sure the mixture is super saucy before baking. Nobody likes dry casseroles!
Make in advance - prepare the casserole as directed but do not add the topping. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Add the bread crumbs then bake until hot and bubbly!
This is just the BEST Tuna Casserole and you can have fun making it your own.
- Top the noodle casserole recipe with crushed potato chips, crushed ritz crackers or French fried onions - yum!!
- Spice it up with a healthy pinch of red pepper flakes or a couple dashes of hot sauce. Substitute chicken for tuna, that's an option too!
- You can use any of the creamed canned soups in this recipe.
- Sautéed onions and mushrooms is a great addition to the tuna noodle casserole recipe.
Refrigerator - This from scratch Tuna Noodle Casserole keeps in the refrigerator up to three days. Refrigerate leftovers in a food storage container.
Freezer - Store in an airtight container, or wrap well with aluminum foil. It freezes wonderfully as well, up to three months.
Reheat - you can reheat leftover tuna casserole in the microwave but my preference is baking so the top re-crisps (that's a word, right?!!). It will take a few more minutes to reheat out of the refrigerator - plan on baking 30-35 minutes.
Click on the image to watch this fun video and see me make this recipe from start to finish with extra tips! (Video opens in a new tab).
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I bet you'll enjoy this for dinner, it's the perfect meal! If you post a photo, please tag me! I'd love to see the photo of your Tuna and Noodle Casserole!
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Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe
- 16 ounces egg noodles wide egg noodles or whole wheat egg noodles can be used.
- 10 ounces tuna chunk light tuna, packed in water, well drained - two cans
- 7 ounces sliced mushrooms one can, well drained
- 21 ounces cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken canned soup - you'lll need two cans.
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 cups cheese shredded
- 1 ¼ cups half and half
- ¾ cup dry bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoon butter divided
- 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese shredded
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Boil egg noodles until just al dente (the package called for 7-8 minutes I boiled them for 6) in salted water. Drain well
- Butter the baking dish using 1 tablespoon butter.
- Drain the tuna and flake. Drain the mushrooms. Shred the cheese.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the mushroom soup with the half and half.
- Add the cooked noodles, tuna, mushrooms, peas, and cheese to the mushroom sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Mix everything together well and pour it into the prepared casserole dish.
- Top with bread crumbs and drizzle the remaining melted butter over the crunchy topping. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
- Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes until the top is golden brown.