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tuna noodle casserole in white baking dish.

Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole

This classic tuna casserole is just like Grandma used to make. We love that this comes together with ingredients we always have on hand in the pantry and freezer.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, classic recipes, kid-friendly, seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 528kcal


For the casserole:

  • 8 ounces dried egg noodles
  • 20 ounces canned solid white albacore tuna drained
  • 10 ounces cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 ounces cream of celery soup
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup French’s fried onions
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper

For the topping:

  • ½ cup butter cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • Parsley or dill for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook noodles for one minute less than the package directions state.
  • While noodles are cooking, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Add the tuna, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, peas, milk, fried onions, garlic powder, and pepper to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • When pasta is done cooking, drain, and add noodles to the tuna mixture. Stir well.
  • Pour the noodles into the prepared baking dish and bake, covered with foil, for 25 minutes.
  • While the casserole is baking, stir together the topping ingredients.
  • Remove the foil from the casserole and sprinkle the cracker crumbs over the top. Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley or dill before serving.



You may use any type of pasta in this recipe, such as elbows, shells, or penne. 
Swap the frozen peas for canned peas or another canned vegetable, if preferred. 
Our cream of chicken substitute may be used in place of the cream of mushroom and cream of celery, if you avoid canned soups. Double the recipe and add canned or fresh sauteed mushrooms, if you'd like.
Crushed potato chips make a great topping in place of the crackers and Parmesan, if you like.


Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1185mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 762IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 3mg