Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I ALMOST didn't post this recipe here; I've already posted several casseroles, and I assumed everyone knew how to make tuna noodle casserole. I actually did NOT grow up with this dish like most people; I grew to love it as an adult, when I first started REALLY getting into cooking for myself, starting with the classic gingham-covered Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. Back then, quick, easy & cheap (and delicious, of course) were what drew me in to a recipe.

Tuna noodle casserole is considered a classic by many; it's quick to prepare, super cheap, and easy enough to throw together at any time. For me, it's a recipe that I can make at any time, since I almost ALWAYS have all of the ingredients already in the house. 

NOTE: If you aren't a tuna fan, simply substitute a can of chicken breast! 

Tuna Noodle Casserole
adapted from Pinch My Salt

6oz wide or extra wide egg noodles
1 5oz can tuna packed in water, drained and flaked with a fork
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas, cooked
1/2 - 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
1 Tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Add the peas, tuna, cream of mushroom soup, milk, & shredded cheese. Stir until well combined. 

Note: To cook the frozen peas, simply microwave them in a bowl with a few Tbsp of water for 2-3 minutes, covered with plastic wrap. 

Transfer to a greased 9x9" baking dish. Toss the bread crumbs with the melted butter. Sprinkle evenly atop the casserole. Top with grated Parmesan.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. Let rest about 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Confession: We are so lazy that we never even made this into a casserole. We'd cook a bag of noodles and then just stir the canned soup and drained tuna into it while the noodles were still warm. Three ingredients, one pot. When I grew up and started adding sautéed onions, peas, mushrooms, crumb topping, etc., to it, I felt like a total gourmet (and it's not like I don't cook!).

    It's way better dressed up.

  2. I confess I've done it just like Little Black Car has. However, this recipe looks awesome, and I have a cast iron casserole dish that I've just reseasoned that's begging me to make this in it. :)