Tuna Casserole Hater’s Best Ever Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

Updated on December 4, 2017
Tuna Casserole Hater's Best Ever Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole
Tuna Casserole Hater's Best Ever Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Recipe Rating

5 stars from 5 ratings of Best Ever Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

My family and I have never been fans of traditional tuna noodle casserole, but we absolutely love this cheesy tuna noodle casserole recipe! This recipe is very versatile. It can be altered to accommodate whatever ingredients are on-hand or tweaked according to personal preference—and it still tastes amazing. (See ingredient variations at the end of this recipe.)

As an example, canned salmon can be substituted for tuna. Elbow macaroni, Rotini, or just about any pasta shape can be used in place of egg noodles. Vegetable, seasoning, and topping possibilities are only limited by your imagination—or whatever happens to be lurking in your pantry. Of course, ingredient substitutions can be used to create a low-fat, low-sodium version of this scrumptious Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole.

Be creative, have fun experimenting, and enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. uncooked wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, (approximately 2 cloves)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can Campbell's® cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can Campbell's® cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 (5 oz.) cans tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup sweet peas, canned or frozen
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups French fried onions

Safety Tip:

Always inspect canned tuna for bones and scales. Not only are they unpleasant to bite into, but they pose a potential choking hazard.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook egg noodles according to package directions for al dente (do not overcook). Drain in a colander and set aside. [TIP: If using frozen vegetables, thaw prior to use. Or, add them to the noodles during the last couple minutes of cooking time.]
  2. Using the same pot, sauté onion and garlic in butter over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, or just until tender. Add milk, soup, mayonnaise, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper; stir until well combined. Heat until bubbly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add cheese. Stir until cheese melts, creating a creamy, cheesy sauce.
  3. Gently fold-in cooked noodles, tuna, and peas just until blended and coated. [TIP: Cooled, cooked noodles may stick together. To separate, rinse with cold water and drain.]
  4. Pour noodle mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Bake, covered, in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and gently stir. Sprinkle the top with French fried onions. Bake, uncovered, an additional 10 minutes, or until topping is a light-golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Tuna -- drained, flaked, and inspected
Tuna -- drained, flaked, and inspected
Shown: 1/2 recipe in a 2-quart casserole dish topped with 1/2 cup extra cheese, 1/2 cup "bottom-of-the-bag" lightly crushed potato chips and 1 cup French fried onions
Shown: 1/2 recipe in a 2-quart casserole dish topped with 1/2 cup extra cheese, 1/2 cup "bottom-of-the-bag" lightly crushed potato chips and 1 cup French fried onions

Seasoning Variation Suggestions:

  • Dill weed
  • Dry mustard
  • Old Bay®

Vegetable Variation Suggestions:

  • Broccoli florets
  • Cut green beans
  • Cut asparagus
  • Chopped red bell pepper
  • Chopped pimientos
  • Mixed vegetables

Topping Variation Suggestions:

  • Lightly crushed potato chips (plain or flavored)
  • Crushed saltine or Ritz® crackers
  • Crushed Cheez-It® crackers (Cheddar or Pepper Jack flavored)
  • Dry bread crumbs or Panko, mixed with 2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Crushed seasoned croutons

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    © 2014 DC Ziese

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      • DC Ziese profile imageAUTHOR

        DC Ziese 

        4 years ago from Virginia, USA

        Thank you, Carolanne. It is rather tasty. I am sure your family will love it as much as mine does. (-: Kind regards, ~D

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        Carolanne 

        4 years ago

        I don't normally care for tuna casserole either, but this recipe sounds delicious. I think my hubby will enjoy it. I can't wait to give it a try!

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