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Easy Tuna Casserole With Egg Noodles (6 Ingredients!)

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, and I guess I just got bored with it. 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 absolutely get why Mom loved it! And you know I’m a sucker for an affordable and delicious dinner idea.

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  • 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.

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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 bread crumbs 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 bread crumb topping. Get creative and make it your own!

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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 bread crumbs 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 bread crumb mixture over the top, and place the dish back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the bread crumb 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!

easy classic tuna casserole with peas

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 biscuits, and you’ve got the perfect meal for any day of the week!

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Easy Tuna Casserole With Egg Noodles

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

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!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. While the oven is preheating, boil 2 cups of dry egg noodles to al dente according to the package instructions. Grease a 1.5-quart baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cooked egg noodles, soup, milk, peas, and tuna. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.
  3. Stir the bread crumbs and melted butter together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the casserole, sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the top, and bake for another 5 minutes or until the bread crumb mixture is golden brown and the tuna casserole is hot and bubbling. Season with salt and pepper to taste when serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265.8Total Fat: 9.2gSaturated Fat: 3.8gCholesterol: 26.2mgSodium: 756.6mgCarbohydrates: 29.9gFiber: 4.3gSugar: 5.0gProtein: 15.3g

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Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Plus take a peek at these other popular easy casserole recipes that make use of canned foods:

  • This custardy cream corn casserole 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 enchilada sauce and green chilies!
  • This baked mac and cheese casserole is easy homemade macaroni and cheese at its best!
  • This divine ooey-gooey cheesy chicken and rice casserole recipe comes together with just 6 simple ingredients, all of which you likely already have in your pantry and freezer!

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Joyce

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Made this tonite.. added mushrooms and crunched up chips for the top.. looks amazing and I’m sure will be great!!

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 18th of June 2020

Mushrooms are a great addition, and I love to alternate between the breadcrumbs and crushed chips. Both are delicious!

Janice

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

The recipe calls for 2 cups of noodles. Is this before or after cooking?

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Hi Janice! It's two cups of dry noodles, which should be cooked to al dente before adding to the remaining ingredients.

Sara Anders

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Yum yum. Been thinking on this growing up.

Can you freeze it? I’m really the only one on my family who enjoys it. They just don’t understand what they are missing! But I’d love to make some and freeze in individual containers for work lunches.

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Ooh, great question, Sara! And yes, you can freeze tuna casserole either before or after baking it. To make ahead and freeze, just prepare completely (minus the crunchy topping), cool, and freeze. When you're ready to bake it, thaw overnight in the fridge, sprinkle on the topping, and then bake according to the instructions in the recipe. If you want to freezer leftover cooked tuna casserole, simply cool, portion into containers, and freeze. Reheat thawed casserole at the same temperature called for in the recipe until hot and bubbly.

Alyssa

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Has anyone tried this with different types of noodles? I am trying to clean out my pantry and have almost every other type of past except egg noodles. I have spaghetti, macaroni, linguine and small shells.

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Hi Alyssa! Sure, you can use any kind of noodle in this dish. Egg noodles are what my mom used most often when I was little, but if you're trying to clean out the pantry and use other noodles, go for it! I'd just use about two dry cups of whatever you have on hand.

Kira Fix

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

I have always had this with frozen peas. Just as delicious!

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

Yes, I do like frozen peas in it, too!

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