Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Cheesy tuna noodle casserole is an easy and classic dinner dish that the whole family can enjoy. With Ritz cracker crumbs on top, green peas, and lots of noodles and cheese, this dish is worthy of seconds.

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Simple tuna noodle casserole

So believe it or not, I was into my mid 20’s before ever trying tuna noodle anything, and it was only because these are meals my husband grew up eating. Of course, I make my own adaptions every time and adjust it based on what I have on hand so it’s never made the same way twice.

To keep it simpler on my memory I made up a rule of 2 for my tuna noodles when I’m cooking in a 9×13 baking dish. This is to make sure I don’t get dry noodles and I get the same results more often than not.

The rule of two is simple, 2 cans of this, 2 cups of that, while not everything is done in pairs, it really does help me to remember quantities.

ingredients needed for tuna noodle casserole

Baked tuna noodle casserole ingredients

  • Egg noodles
  • Frozen peas
  • Onion
  • Cream of mushroom
  • Canned tuna
  • Salt
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Ritz crackers
  • Butter

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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Tips for making easy tuna noodle casserole

If you want to use canned peas, you can. I used to do it this way because that’s what my husband said he was used to, but I’ve since found that frozen gives a prettier color and a burst of freshness once baked that keeps this dish from feeling depressing and makes it a little more comforting if you know what I mean.

I didn’t always add the Ritz cracker on top either. For a long time, I made it plain without a topping. Then I noticed others used Panko, so I tried that too and they were flavorless. Finally, when I took inspiration from my chicken divan casserole and grabbed a sleeve of crackers. The rest was history.

If you want a creamier end result, adding 1-2 cups of sour cream is awesome. If you have picky eaters as I do, 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup of milk help to give the creaminess without all that tangy sour cream flavor that not everyone enjoys.

a dish of tuna noodle casserole insides
Can tuna noodle casserole be frozen?

Yes, tuna noodles can be made and frozen. Simply assemble it as directed and let cool completely in a freezer safe pan. Then place the pan on a baking sheet and cover the top well with foil. Freeze for bout 2 hours until solid, and transfer to a freezer safe bag or wrap very well with plastic wrap. It can last 5-6 months this way. Thaw overnight in the fridge and bake as directed.

Can tuna noodle casserole be made ahead of time?

Yes. This casserole can be assembled ahead of time and placed in the fridge for up to 2 days in advance.

How long is tuna noodle casserole good for?

Leftover tuna noodles lasts about 3-4 days covered in the fridge.

What goes with tuna noodle casserole?

Serve your tuna noodle with a side of steamed veggies like broccoli or another green vegetable. A simple green side salad or some homemade biscuits all work well. Some people even say that creamy coleslaw tastes great on the side of their tuna noodle!

How to make cheesy tuna noodle casserole

Bring a large pot of water and 2 tsp of salt to a boil. Add in your egg noodles and cook according to package directions. Drain into a colander. Return pot to stove and cook onions until soft (about 3 minutes).

Turn off the heat and preheat your oven to 350F degrees.

Add your noodles cream of mushroom, cheese, peas, and tuna into the pot. Stir to combine.

Pour the mix into a greased baking dish.

Crush Ritz crackers and place them into a small bowl with melted butter. Stir to mix and then sprinkle it over the top of the casserole.

Bake in the oven for 30minutes. Serve and enjoy.

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Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Cheesy tuna noodle casserole is an easy and classic dinner dish that the whole family can enjoy. With Ritz cracker crumbs on top, green peas, and lots of noodles and cheese, this dish is worthy of seconds.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy tuna noodle casserole, classic tuna noodle casserole, easy tuna noodle, tuna and noodles
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 343kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

  • 1 bag egg noodles
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cans tuna, drained
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

Instructions

  • In a large pot of water, boil your egg noodles with 2 tsp of salt. Drain and leave in colander. Return pot to stove and cook your onions until soft (about 3 minutes).
  • Turn off the heat and preheat your oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add your noodles, cream of mushroom, cheese, peas, and tuna to the pot. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 baking dish or casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl, crush your crackers into crumbs and mix with melted butter. Sprinkle mixture over casserole.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown and warmed through.
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Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.7g | Protein: 17.9g | Fat: 15.5g | Saturated Fat: 6.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 62.1mg | Sodium: 1017mg | Potassium: 224.2mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 3.3g | Vitamin A: 118.3IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 193.6mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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