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A serving of tuna noodle casserole on a table with a casserole dish, a salad, turquoise napkins and cutlery.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Sometimes it's nice to take an old classic recipe from your childhood and make an adult version. This rendition of Tuna Noodle Casserole doesn't use a can of soup, but makes it entirely from scratch - and it's easier than you think!
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Seafood, Pasta, Lunch, One Pot Meal
Servings: 4
Calories: 533 kcal
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 8 to 10 ounces button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 8 ounces about 5 cups broad egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 6-ounce can tuna, drained
  • ½ cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Pre-heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and sauté the onion and celery until they start to become tender – about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and thyme and continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender.
  3. Add the flour and stir for a minute or two. Add the sherry (if using) and then whisk in the milk and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil to thicken. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and set the sauce aside.
  4. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil. Cook the egg noodles according to the package directions, draining them a minute or two before they are perfectly cooked.
  5. Combine the sauce, pasta, peas and tuna together and transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the Cheddar cheese over the top of the casserole and top with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Transfer the casserole dish to the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the casserole is warmed through and the breadcrumbs on top have browned.

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 533 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 462mg19%
Potassium 732mg21%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 745IU15%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 276mg28%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.