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Remember the aroma of sautéing onions, celery and the taste of creamy tuna and noodles surrounded by buttery breadcrumbs and sweet peas? My easy tuna noodle casserole recipe brings back the nostalgia of this classic casserole, made from scratch!
My family loves a good casserole, and this easy tuna noodle casserole is definitely at the top of their list. I whip it up to take to luncheons and drop off at friend’s homes if a homemade dinner it needed. I am so happy you are here today so I can share this recipe with you!
I’m not kidding! This is easy to Make! Watch and See!
2 cans of white tuna, egg noodles (or your choice of pasta), an onion, some celery, frozen peas, chicken broth, and some heavy cream. Easy to shop for and easy to prepare, this casserole comes together in about 30 minutes!
Tuna Noodle Casserole INGREDIENTS
- egg noodles
- olive oil
- butter, divided
- yellow onion
- all-purpose flour
- dry white wine
- chicken broth
- heavy cream
- solid light tuna packed in water
- frozen peas
- bread crumbs
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
SUBSTITUTIONS And ADDITIONS
You may have noticed that my recipe does not include any cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup. This is because you make the creamy sauce in steps 2-6. I can’t wait for you to try this! Game changing!
If elbow macaroni is preferred over egg noodles, you may substitute them and cook them according to the package.
Crushed potato chips or Ritz crackers can be substituted for breadcrumbs and cheese lovers may want to sprinkle cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese in with the topping.
If there are any leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Are You Ready to Make Tuna Noodle Casserole?
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
- While pasta is boiling, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. While at medium heat, add onion and celery and cook until softened.
- Next, add flour and whisk to coat onion and celery.
- Now, add in the white wine and cook for a minute or two.
- Then, slowly whisk in the chicken broth.
- Reduce heat then add cream. Whisk until thickened.
- Stir in cooked pasta noodles, tuna, and peas and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Transfer tuna mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, prepared with cooking spray, and top with breadcrumbs mixed with the remaining 3 Tablespoons melted butter.
- Place under broiler until breadcrumbs are golden.
Serving and Storage
My mouth is watering thinking about this…. serve directly from the casserole dish to the dinner plate. Crusty bread with softened butter and a bowl of green salad make nice sides for this delicious casserole.
Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate any leftovers.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
- 1 pound of egg noodles
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 4 Tablespoons butter divided
- 1 medium yellow onion diced small
- 2 celery ribs chopped small
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ½ cup dry white wine
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 6 ounce cans solid light tuna packed in water, drained and flaked
- 1 cup frozen peas thawed
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions Drain.
While pasta is boiling
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. Add onion and celery and cook until softened.
Add flour and whisk to coat onion and celery.
Add in the white wine and cook for a minute or two.
Slowly whisk in chicken broth.
Reduce heat then add cream.
Stir in cooked pasta noodles, tuna, and peas and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer tuna mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with breadcrumbs mixed with the remaining 3 Tablespoons butter, melted.
Place under broiler until breadcrumbs are golden.
Noodles are dried egg noodle, small shells could be used also.
PIN Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe on your Comfort Food board so you can make it again and again. Your family and friends will be so happy!
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Thank you for checking out my take on the classic tuna casserole recipe! I’ve got more classic comfort food for you below. Gotta run, all this talk about food has me hungry! Leave me a comment below telling me which one was your favorite!
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