Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole is an easy casserole to make that is so comforting and brings the familiar taste of home.
creamy tuna noodle casserole on a plate

This classic family favorite creamy tuna noodle casserole 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 noodle casserole with ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Tuna Casserole Ingredients

To make this flavorful casserole you will need some canned tuna, pasta, butter, cream of mushroom soup, celery, onion, milk, and a bit of cheese.

You can use any type of pasta you have on hand. I have used egg noodles or a more traditional pasta noodle. 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.

pasta, celery, milk, cream of mushroom soup, and tuna to make tuna casserole

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

You make a creamy sauce for the casserole made of a simple white sauce and a can of cream of mushroom soup.

Stir together the pasta, tuna, cream sauce, and vegetables. Pour into a baking dish.

Top with buttery bread crumbs and bake.

mixing up a tuna noodle casserole in a bowl before baking

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.

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.

Try different toppings!

If you like you can use a variety of toppings for your casserole. You can use bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, Panko breadcrumbs, or if you like can even crush up potato chips and put those on top for a fun crust to this creamy tuna noodle casserole.

tuna noodle casserole in a baking dish and on a plate

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creamy tuna noodle casserole with bread crumb topping


creamy tuna noodle casserole with bread crumb topping

Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Creamy tuna noodle casserole is the perfect weeknight meal.  This casserole reheats well. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Casserole Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 204kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon 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 celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 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 stir until sauce is smooth. Add chopped onion, celery, drained tuna, and cream of mushroom soup. Add shredded cheese to the sauce. Stir until the sauce is smooth. Reduce heat to low. In a medium-sized bowl combine noodles, and sauce. Pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Combine melted butter and bread crumbs together. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the casserole. Heat casserole for 20 minutes in the oven before serving.



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
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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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