Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole is an easy casserole to make that is so comforting and brings the familiar taste of home. This creamy casserole is great for any day of the week.

creamy tuna noodle casserole on a plate

Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

This classic family favorite creamy tuna noodle casserole with cheese is easy to make and it is made from scratch!

You don’t need to buy a boxed casserole mix. You can make a creamy tuna fish casserole with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Tuna Casserole Ingredients

To make this flavorful casserole you will need some simple ingredients. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Noodles or pasta
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Canned tuna
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
pasta, celery, milk, cream of mushroom soup, and tuna to make tuna casserole

Ingredient Notes

You can use any type of pasta you have on hand. I have used egg noodles, traditional pasta noodles, and various pasta shapes. It really doesn’t matter, use what you have on hand.

If you have some leftover frozen or even canned peas and carrots those would also be great additions to this casserole.

You can also use any fresh or leftover vegetables to add flavor and customize the casserole to your liking.

How to Make Tuna Noodle Casserole

This casserole can be quickly put together in under 30 minutes.

  1. You make a creamy sauce for the casserole made of a simple white sauce and a can of cream of mushroom soup.
white sauce in a pan
  1. Stir together the pasta, tuna, cream sauce, cheese, and vegetables.
mixing up a tuna noodle casserole in a bowl before baking
  1. Pour the mixture into a baking dish.
  1. Top with buttery bread crumbs and bake.
tuna noodle casserole in a baking dish and on a plate

This Casserole is Perfect for Meatless Holidays

One of the first casseroles I ever learned how to cook was Tuna Noodle Casserole. This was the perfect recipe for Lent when we didn’t eat meat on Fridays.

Easy Tuna Casserole is Perfect for the Beginner Cook

This is a simple recipe that even a beginning cook can prepare. Watch the video to see how simple it is to make it.

What I really love about this casserole is that it reheats very well. So this is the perfect dish to bring to work or to reheat later in the week. You can’t ask for anything better than a dish that tastes great the first day and then the next day too.

Different Tuna Casserole Toppings

You can use a variety of toppings for a tuna casserole. Here are a few I recommend:

creamy tuna noodle casserole with bread crumb topping

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Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

This creamy tuna noodle casserole with cheese is the perfect weeknight meal. This casserole reheats well.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Casserole Recipes, Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole, Tuna Noodle Casserole
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 204kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6 ounces canned tuna
  • 1 cup noodles or pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the noodles according to the package instructions.
  • Prepare a white sauce in a medium size pot by adding 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of flour over medium heat.
  • Whisk together the butter and flour together for about 1 minute or until the roux becomes fragrant like pie crust.
  • Add about 1/3 cup of milk and whisk this together, the mixture will become thick.
  • When the sauce becomes thick, add an additional cup 1/3 of milk, stir together until this becomes thick.
  • Add the remaining milk and stir until sauce is smooth.
  • Add chopped onion, celery, drained tuna, and cream of mushroom soup. Stir to combine
  • Add shredded cheese to the sauce and stir until the sauce is smooth.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine cooked noodles and sauce.
  • Pour the mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Combine 1 tablespoon of melted butter and bread crumbs together.
  • Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the casserole.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.



Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 1.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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