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Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe

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This easy tuna casserole recipe is great for weeknights. It’s simple to make and is ready in about 30 minutes from start to finish.

You’ll definitely want to add this cheesy tuna casserole to your monthly meal plan. It’s a budget friendly dinner option and it’s perfect to make during Lent too.

Want more canned tuna recipes for dinner? Don’t miss our Cheesy Tuna and Rice recipe or these other quick and easy dinner ideas.

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Easy Tuna Noodle Bake

I think we’ve all had some variation of this dish growing up. It delivers forkfuls of delicious homemade comfort food, and in some cases, nostalgia too.

Our recipe gives a slight twist to classic tuna fish casserole. Since I don’t like peas very much, we made this cheesy tuna casserole with broccoli. It it also made with egg noodles and with cream of mushroom soup.

It’s a must have recipe to have on hand for when you need things to make with canned tuna or simply want to include more meatless recipes in your dinner rotation.

This creamy baked tuna noodle casserole makes a complete meal on its own, but also goes great with a green salad and dinner rolls.

Tuna Noodle Casserole Ingredients

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  • 1 (12 oz.) package egg noodles
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 2 (5 oz.) canned tuna, drained
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of mushroom 
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 3-4 stalks green onion, chopped for garnishing
  • Salt and pepper (or other seasonings) to taste

This recipe yields about 4-6 servings, depending on serving size. 

If you prefer cooking from scratch and not using canned soup, try making this make homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe from Alea of Premeditated Leftovers.

How to Make Baked Tuna Casserole

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

While the oven is preheating, cook the egg noodles in boiling water, following the package’s directions.

You will want to cook them al dente since they will have additional cooking time in the oven. This will help prevent your dish from having mushy noodles.

Drain the noodles and add them to a large bowl.

Broccoli, onion, shredded cheese, canned tuna fish in silver bowl next to wood spoon on red and white kitchen cloth.

Add onion, 1 cup of cheese, broccoli, tuna and cream of mushroom into the large bowl of noodles and mix.

Then add heavy cream and mix thoroughly.

Pour contents into a rectangular casserole baking dish, 9×13 in size.

Ingredients for tuna casserole in casserole baking dish.

Top with remaining cheese, followed by the bread crumbs. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes before adding chopped green onion on top for garnish.

Include additional seasonings to your preferred taste, such as salt and pepper or garlic powder.

Serve and enjoy!

Small white plate with a fork full of tuna noodle casserole in front of casserole serving dish.

Can You Substitute Egg Noodles?

Yes, you can use an equivalent amount of fettuccine or linguine noodles in place of egg noodles. If you’d like to skip noodles altogether, you may prefer our one pan tuna and rice recipe.

How Long Can You Keep Tuna Noodle Casserole?

After baking, it should last 2-3 days in the refrigerator when stored properly in an airtight container. This recipe is so yummy we don’t anticipate a lot of leftovers.

Can You Freeze Tuna Casserole?

Yes! Casseroles freeze well which is why they are a great addition to meal planning. If you know a super busy week is coming up, you can make this tuna noodle casserole ahead of time and freeze it.

This is also a good freezer meal to provide to new moms too!

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You can freeze tuna casserole before or after baking. I prefer prepping casseroles and freezing them before baking. When doing so, save the bread crumb topping to add right before baking.

Frozen tuna casserole should be eaten within 2-3 months. Allow it to thaw completely and add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

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Easy Baked Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Enjoy this tasty twist on the classic tuna casserole. This tuna noodle recipe is made with tuna fish, egg noodles, broccoli, cheese, and cream of mushroom soup. Bake this creamy yummy comfort food in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) package egg noodles
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 2 (5 oz.) canned tuna, drained
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of mushroom
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 3-4 stalks green onion, chopped for garnishing
  • Salt and pepper (or other seasonings) to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. While the oven is preheating, cook the egg noodles in boiling water, following the package’s directions to cook them al dente since they will have additional cooking time in the oven. This will help prevent your dish from having mushy noodles.
  3. Drain the noodles and add them to a large bowl.
  4. Add onion, 1 cup of cheese, broccoli, tuna and cream of mushroom into the large bowl of noodles and mix.
  5. Then add heavy cream and mix thoroughly. You can add additional seasoning as desired.
  6. Pour contents into a rectangular casserole baking dish, 9x13 in size.
  7. Top with remaining cheese, followed by the bread crumbs.
  8. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes before adding chopped green onion on top for garnish.

Notes

This recipe yields about 4-6 servings, depending on serving size.

Include additional seasonings to your preferred taste, such as salt and pepper or garlic powder.

If you prefer cooking from scratch and not using canned soup, you can use your own homemade "cream of" soup recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 678Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 831mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 29g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate and may vary based on ingredients and measurements used.

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