This easy tuna casserole with egg noodles was always one of my mom’s go-to recipes when I was growing up… And I can totally see why. Tuna noodle casserole is quick to prep, tasty, and versatile!
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Easy Tuna Casserole
When I think of comfort food recipes from my childhood, this simple tuna casserole — made with canned peas, canned tuna fish, and cream of mushroom soup — is one of the very first that comes to mind!
If I’m being completely honest, I have to tell you it wasn’t one of my favorite dishes growing up. I mean, I didn’t dislike it, but there were spurts when we ate it pretty often. But now that I’m older, I totally get why it was one of my mom’s go-to recipes.
THINK ABOUT IT:
- Tuna noodle casserole is made with just 6 ingredients.
- All 6 ingredients are staples that you most likely already have in your pantry.
- It’s quick to prep, tasty, and versatile.
- AND that means more time with my family…
Like I said, I totally get why mom loved it! And you know I’m a sucker for an affordable and delicious dinner idea.
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A lot of people don’t realize this, but did you know that the fresh fruits and vegetables that are in cans are harvested at the peak of ripeness? And then they’re processed within four hours, meaning they’re chock full of nutrients.
In addition, canned foods can also:
- Cut down on prep time, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time with my family,
- Help you get through the week with creative meals you can feel good about serving,
- And reduce the amount of perishable fruits and vegetables that are purchased and then thrown away.
I know I’m guilty of that last bullet point more often than I’d like to admit… I mean, how many times have YOU reached into the fridge only to find your fresh produce has spoiled?
But now that I know I have an array of recipe ideas made with canned goods at my disposal on CansGetYouCooking.com, I’m hoping we can cut back on the amount of waste we produce each week!
Tuna Casserole With Egg Noodles
As I mentioned earlier, this tuna casserole with egg noodles comes together with just six ingredients: low-sodium canned peas, canned tuna in water, canned cream of mushroom soup, egg noodles, dry bread crumbs, and whole milk. Plus, you’ll need some butter to mix with the breadcrumbs for the topping and a touch more to grease the baking dish.
But the real beauty of this tuna noodle casserole recipe is in its versatility. Don’t like peas? Consider canned green beans or carrots instead. Not a fan of tuna noodle casserole with cream of mushroom soup? Try it with canned cream of celery soup — it’s what my mom always used in hers. And she always topped her tuna casserole with potato chips, but I prefer this buttery breadcrumb topping. Get creative and make it your own!
How To Make Tuna Casserole
Making this easy tuna casserole recipe is pretty straightforward, but I’ll quickly walk you through my simple streamlined process for how to make tuna casserole…
1| I start by turning the oven on to heat up to 400 degrees. While the oven is heating, I boil the egg noodles just to al dente — because they’ll continue to cook in the casserole. During this time, I also grease my baking dish and set it aside. Then I melt the butter and mix the breadcrumbs into it to have the topping ready to go.
2| As soon as the noodles are done cooking, I drain them and stir them together with the tuna, peas, cream of mushroom soup, and milk. Spread this mixture into the prepared casserole dish, and put it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
3| Remove it after the 20 minutes have passed, sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top, and place the dish back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the breadcrumb mixture is golden brown and the casserole is hot and bubbling.
That’s it — we’re talking prep to table in just about 35 minutes… If that’s not weeknight easy, I don’t know what is!
Classic Tuna Casserole
Wondering what to serve with a classic tuna casserole? A simple salad is always a great choice, and it’s easy to throw together during that 20-minute uninterrupted baking time. Add in some of these 2-ingredient cream biscuits, and you’ve got the perfect meal for any day of the week!
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Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole
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Plus take a peek at these other popular casserole recipes that make use of canned foods:
- This custardy cream corn casserole recipe is SO good you’ll want to scrape the dish clean to get every last bit of caramelized goodness!
- This easy green bean casserole recipe is my family’s version of the classic recipe and uses only 3 ingredients, including canned green beans!
- This Taco Tater Tot Casserole takes a classic family favorite and gives it a spicy twist with canned diced tomatoes and green chilies!