Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Recipe byPetite Gourmets
December 22, 2021

Are you a fan of both noodles and tuna? Then this is the perfect combination for you: Casserole Tuna Noodles!

Tuna noodle casserole is an American pantry dish that you can easily make at home. This dish is usually topped with crispy potato chips, cereal, breadcrumbs and fried onions. This is easy to store and full of flavors.

It is an ideal meal for lunch or dinner, especially for your family. You can also serve it with some vegetables on the side. It will definitely be loved by both children and adults. Try this recipe at home too! You will not regret it. This dish is perfect for a winter evening when you want something hearty and warm. It is easy to make and can be adapted to your liking. Try adding other vegetables like broccoli, corn or carrots. Add them when you add the noodles and cheese and it will taste great!

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Taste Score: %85
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 45 mins

Tips

  • Noodles should not be overcooked, because they will continue to be cooked in the oven. So make sure you stop cooking the pasta just when it gets the al dente texture.
  • Drain the water completely from the tuna before putting them into the casserole. Or else, it will leave water in the casserole and the tuna flavor will be diluted.
  • Only use the best quality tuna for the dish. Make sure the fish is fresh and doesn't smell bad. Since it is the main ingredient, the taste of the tuna will reflect in this dish.
  • The noodles should be boiled just until they are not so soft. Do not overcook them, because they will become too mushy after baking in the oven.
  • When you use the cheese, make sure to grate them yourself. This will make the dish taste better and enhance the flavor of the cheese.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  2. Take a 1 ½ quart casserole dish, grease it, and set aside.
  3. Boil the noodles in a large pot for 5-6 minutes until al dente. Then drain completely.
  4. Take a large bowl, mix the milk and mushroom soup.
  5. Now, slowly stir the noodles into the mix along with the tuna and peas (if you are using them). Add the salt and pepper according to your taste.
  6. Put everything in the prepared pan.
  7. Pour the cheese all over and crush the breadcrumbs (or potato chips) over it.
  8. Bake it for 20-25 minutes. When the surface becomes golden brown and the inside gets bubbly, your dish is ready.
  9. Take it out from the oven and set it aside for a couple of minutes.
  10. Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Tuna Noodle Casserole
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories402
% Daily Value*
Protein 27 g54%
Total Fat 17 g21.8%
Cholesterol 70 mg23.3%
Sodium 912 mg39.7%
Potassium 694 mg14.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Tuna Noodle Casserole?

Tuna noodle casserole is a casserole dish made with egg noodles, mushroom soup, tasty cheddar cheese, tuna, and sometimes with frozen green peas. It first originated in America and later it circulated all over the world. But it is a huge part of American pantry food.

Why Is My Tuna Casserole Dry?

There are several reasons behind your tuna casserole being dry. These are:

  • You probably haven’t added enough water to your casserole and the noodles have soaked it up leaving the casserole dry.
  • You might be using a baking dish that is too large for your casserole dish. Take a baking sheet that is appropriate in size so that everything stays in good shape and taste.
  • Maybe you forgot to cover your casserole with foil paper for the 35-40 minutes of baking. That really makes your dish dry. So remember to cover it with foil paper in time.
  • Maybe you cooked the casserole for too long. That is another reason why your dish got dry.

What to Serve with Tuna Noodle Casserole?

Tuna noodle casserole is great to serve with salads. You can serve it with Classic wedge salad, Broccoli raisin salad, Creamy bacon pea salad, and so on.

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How to Store Tuna Casserole?

You can store your leftover tuna casserole in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Wrap it in an airtight container. If you want to store it for longer, you can freeze it by wrapping it up with heavy-duty aluminum foil and then transfer it inside a zip lock airtight bag and keep it in the freezer. You can store your tuna casserole in the freezer for 3 months.

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