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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole – a fuss-free budget-friendly casserole dish with flaky tuna, pasta, peas and cheese then topped with buttery breadcrumbs for a wonderful texture. Truly a family-favorite meal meant for busy weeknights!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 - 5 servings
Calories 720kcal
Author Imma


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 stalk celery , diced
  • 1 medium onion , diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme , minced
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 12 ounce evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 8 ounce uncooked noodle , pasta
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tuna , drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • extra parsley for garnish , optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Start by boiling noodle or pasta in a large pot according to box instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat butter or oil in a skillet or pot over medium heat. Then add onions, celery, garlic, thyme and Creole seasoning. Cook and stir for about about 3-4 minutes, until onions has wilted.
  • Stir in flour until flour has been fully incorporated, stirring for about a minute. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; about 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbles.
  • Stir in the cheeses, and continue stirring until everything’s melted and evenly combined and smooth. Salt & pepper to taste.
  • Then add the noodle, tuna and peas  to the skillet, stir to evenly incorporate.
  • Transfer the tuna noodle mixture into a pan or into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish; top with remaining cheese. If you want a crumbly top, saute panko breadcrumbs with butter and then add in on top of the noodle mixture.
  • Bake at 350 Degrees F° for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.


Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 711mg | Potassium: 799mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1575IU | Vitamin C: 21.1mg | Calcium: 601mg | Iron: 3.7mg