Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe (Pantry Staples)

Food doesn’t get much more comforting than this tuna noodle casserole! Easy to make, this baked casserole is wonderfully creamy and is a great family meal that you can make ahead of time (and with pantry staples).

Tuna Noodle Casserole being lifted out of the dish with a spoon

Noodles, creamy sauce and a crunchy topping – life doesn’t get much better! Tuna noodle casserole is a traditional comfort food and it’s a classic for a reason! Grab a fork and get stuck in!

How To Make Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Prep: Pre heat the oven. Spray a casserole dish with non stick spray and cook the noodles al dente.

Combine: Process the cheese, chips, bread, butter and seasonings in a food processor. Mix the tuna, oil, lemon juice and seasonings together in a bowl.

Cook: Sautee the onion until soft and add to the tuna mixture. On a medium heat whisk together the flour and butter and add the milk, broth and wine and boil until thickened. Add the cheese and soup and mix well.

Make: Add the milk and cheese mixture to the tuna and then stir in the cooked noodles. Add the frozen peas and pour into the casserole dish.

Bake: Bake until golden and bubbly.

The baked Tuna Noodle Casserole ready to serve
Serving the casserole from the baking dish

What are the best noodles to use?

I like to use wide egg noodles for this tuna casserole. Use nice wide ones that are able to collect all of that wonderfully creamy sauce. If you are in a pinch you could use a long pasta such as linguini or spaghetti.

Can you make it ahead of time?

This tuna noodle casserole can be made ahead of time and also frozen for make ahead meals.

Store in the fridge: Let the casserole cool to room temperature. Cover it in plastic wrap or foil and place in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat the casserole in a pre heated oven at 325F for 20 to 30 minutes.

To freeze: Let the casserole cool, wrap it a couple of times in foil and place in the freezer. Once frozen (about 2-3 hours) transfer it to a freezer safe bag to prevent freezer burn. You can cook the casserole from frozen at 325F for about an hour or you can thaw it in the fridge overnight first.

Noodles being lifted out of the baking dish
Tuna Noodle Casserole on a spoon to serve

The Perfect Comfort Food!

This tuna noodle casserole is the perfect family dish – I’ve never had a complaint! The sauce is so wonderfully creamy and the topping is wonderfully crispy. Oh, did I mention cheesy?! It’s a real crowd pleasing supper and everyone will ask for it again!

Tuna Noodle Casserole served on a white plate with a fork
Tuna Noodle Casserole in a baking dish with a spoon

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Make this casserole in a 9×13-inch oven proof casserole dish and grease it before you add the ingredients.
  • Bake the casserole in a preheated oven so that it cooks evenly.
  • If the top of the casserole starts to brown too quickly you can cover it with foil.
A fork in the Tuna Noodle Casserole

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