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.
Cheesy tuna noodle casserole is a classic comfort food that combines the goodness of tender pasta, creamy cheese sauce, and savory canned tuna. It's a satisfying and easy-to-make dish that many of us grew up enjoying.
The creamy cheese wraps around the tender noodles hearty chunks of tuna, and bursting vibrant peas creating a harmonious medley of flavors and textures.
You can easily put this simple tuna noodle casserole together on a busy weeknight or whenever you're in the mood for a cozy, homemade meal. The combination of ingredients is affordable too, making it a budget-friendly option for family dinners.
For more tuna casserole recipes, make sure to check out my Mac and Cheese Tuna Casserole.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- Simple ingredients. Using some basic ingredients, this recipe is pretty frugal and easy to throw together. Great for tight budgets and low maintenance dinner ideas.
- Easy to make. Boil the noodles and saute some stuff in a pot before mixing everything together. This recipe comes together pretty quickly and easily.
- Stove top or baked. If desired, after mixing everything together in a pot, you can simply serve and enjoy. You don't have to bake it. We prefer it baked, because of the Ritz topping, but it tastes great when served immediately too (and there are fewer dishes to clean later).
Egg noodles- Use egg noodles as the base of this recipe. Cook them according to package directions so that they are al dente.
Frozen peas- Adding in frozen peas works best because they'll be warmed through without becoming mushy.
Cream of mushroom- Use a can of cream of mushroom soup to give the casserole a creamy consistency.
Canned tuna- I recommend using canned tuna in water that has been drained and fluffed with a fork.
Cheddar cheese- I like to use sharp or medium cheddar cheese. I recommend the cheese that you shred yourself as it will melt more evenly.
Ritz crackers- For a delicious buttery topping, adding crushed Ritz crackers is a great idea!
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
🔪 Instructions for Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water and 2 teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add in your egg noodles and cook according to package directions. Drain into a colander. Return pot to the stove and cook onions until soft (about 3 minutes).
Step 2: Turn off the heat and preheat your oven to 350F degrees.
Step 3: Add your noodles cream of mushroom, cheese, peas, and tuna into the pot.
Step 4: Stir to combine.
Step 5: Pour the mix into a greased baking dish.
Step 6: 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.
Step 7: Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Serve and enjoy.
🍴 Recipe Tips
If you want to use canned peas in this easy tuna noodle casserole recipe, 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.
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, I took inspiration from my chicken divan casserole and grabbed a sleeve of crackers. The rest was history.
If you want a creamier result, adding 1-2 cups of sour cream is awesome. If you have picky eaters like I do, 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of milk help to give the creaminess without all that tangy sour cream flavor that not everyone enjoys.
Leftover baked tuna noodle casserole lasts about 3-4 days covered in the fridge.
💭 Recipe FAQs
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.
Yes. This casserole can be assembled ahead of time and placed in the fridge for up to 2 days in advance.
Serve your tuna noodles with a side of steamed veggies like broccoli or another green vegetable. A simple green side salad or some homemade biscuits all work well.
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Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole
- 1 bag Egg noodles (16oz) ($1.48)
- 2 cups Frozen peas ($0.96)
- 1 cup Onion, diced ($0.91)
- 2 cans (10.5oz) Cream of mushroom soup ($1.08)
- 2 cans Tuna, drained ($1.92)
- 2 teaspoons Salt ($0.01)
- 2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese ($2.00)
- 1 sleeve Ritz crackers ($0.97)
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted ($0.25)
- In a large pot of water, boil your egg noodles with 2 teaspoon 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 9x13 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.