This classic tuna noodle casserole is made with tuna, egg noodles, and a few other ingredients then baked with buttery breadcrumbs.
Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole
From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito
There’s nothing better than a good classic tuna noodle casserole.
I used to eat this all the time when I was growing up.
My mom would make it for me and my siblings because it was easy, affordable and we absolutely loved it.
And now I make this recipe from my family for all the same reasons.
Simple recipes like this are lifesavers on nights when I’m super busy and dinner time sneaks up on me.
I usually have all the ingredients to make this classic tuna noodle casserole in my pantry already.
I can throw this together and have a delicious, filling dinner in no time.
This recipe is so simple and delicious. I hope you love it as much as my family and I do.
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Should I Get Tuna In Oil Or Water?
Tuna in water is what I would suggest.
That’s my personal preference for cooking with tuna. I think it tastes better in cooked dishes.
If you’d like to use oil because that’s you’re preference, go for it!
Its really up to you.
What Can I Serve This With?
The great thing about casseroles is that everything you need for a complete meal is already here.
If you’re looking for something to serve on the side, I’d suggest a these Marinated Tomatoes or a nice big house salad.
Can I Substitute The Cream Of Mushroom Soup?
Yes, you can substitute the cream of mushroom soup.
It’s works perfectly for this recipe.
If you’re not a fan of mushrooms, you can swap that out form the cream of celery soup.
That’s my suggestion at least.
Of course id you want to try another flavor please do.
Can I Substitute The Peas?
The peas can definitely be substituted.
Frozen carrots would be a great option or even a combination of both.
Do I Have To Shred The Cheese Myself?
This is the one thing that I’d really urge you not to take a shortcut on.
Pres-shredded bagged cheese has chemicals in it like cellulose.
This keeps the cheese from clumping but it also prevents it from melting properly.
Shred the cheese off the block. The casserole will be much creamier.
What Are The Topping Alternatives?
For this classic tuna noodle casserole I really like the breadcrumbs.
I used seasoned breadcrumbs but panko would be awesome, too.
If breadcrumbs in general aren’t your thing or if you just want to switch it up a little bit try crushed Ritz crackers or French’s Fried Onions
Other Easy Recipes
If you like this recipe for tuna noodle casserole, here are some other recipes you’ll love, too.
- Cheeseburger Casserole
- Broccoli Cheddar Casserole
- Muffin Tin Chicken Pot Pie
- Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf
Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole Ingredients
- Egg noodles
- Canned tuna, drained
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Frozen peas, thawed
- Diced onion
- Salt and pepper
- Cheddar cheese
- Seasoned breadcrumbs
First, boil the egg noodles until al dente and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
While that’s cooking, sauté the chopped onion and celery in butter and lightly season them with salt and pepper. Set them aside once they’re soft and let them cool slightly.
Now in a large bowl, mix together the tuna, cream of mushroom soup, peas, milk, cheese, sautéed onion and celery salt and pepper.
Then place the mixture into a casserole dish.
Next, in a medium size bowl, mix melted butter and breadcrumbs together then sprinkle it over the casserole.
Now bake in a 400° oven for about 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are toasted and the casserole is bubbling on the sides.
Let it cool slightly and serve. Enjoy!
Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe Video
Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole
- 3 cups Egg Noodles
- 2 tbs Butter, divided
- 1 small Onion, diced
- 2 stalks Celery, diced
- 2/3 c Frozen Peas, thawed
- 1 5 oz can Tuna, drained well
- 1 10.5 oz Cream Of Mushroom Soup
- 1/2 c Milk
- 1 c Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1/2 c Seasoned Breadcrumbs
- First, boil the egg noodles until al dente then rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- While thats cooking, saute the diced onion and celery in 1 tbs of butter. Lightly season it with salt and pepper and once the vegetables are soft, set them aside to cool slightly.
- Now in a large bowl, add the peas, tuna, soup, milk, cheese, egg noodles and sauteed vegetables. Season with salt and pepper then give everything a nice big mix until its evenly combined then add it to a baking dish.
- Next, mix 1 tbs of melted butter with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the casserole.
- Finally bake it a 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are toasted and the casserole is nice and bubbly.