Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Picture yourself in a cozy kitchen, enveloped by a mouthwatering scent. It’s a classic favorite, making your stomach growl in excitement. What’s creating this wonderful aroma? It’s the beloved Tuna Noodle Casserole, a dish cherished by families for generations.


  • Soul-Soothing Comfort: Sometimes, we crave a meal that feels like a big, cozy hug for the soul. Tuna Noodle Casserole delivers on that front. It’s the kind of dish that wraps you in nostalgia and fills your heart with warmth.
  • Quick and Easy: We’re talking about a recipe that’s friendly to busy schedules. It doesn’t demand hours in the kitchen, making it a fantastic option for weeknight dinners when you’re craving something comforting yet convenient.
  • Classic and Timeless: This casserole is a classic for a reason. It’s a dish that generations have enjoyed, and making it for your loved ones can be like a culinary trip down memory lane.
  • Versatile and Adaptable: The beauty of this recipe is that you can customize it to your liking. Swap ingredients, add your personal touch, and make it your own. Whether you’re a fan of crunchy toppings or extra cheesy goodness, the options are endless.
  • Perfect for Sharing: Tuna Noodle Casserole is great for gatherings, potlucks, or when you simply want to share a delicious, satisfying meal with friends and family. It’s comfort food that brings people together.


For the Casserole

  • Gluten-Free pasta
  • Tuna fish
  • Frozen peas
  • Cream cheese
  • Heavy cream
  • Chicken stock
  • Mushrooms
  • Butter
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Celery seed
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder

For the Topping

  • Crushed-up pretzels or crackers


  • Measuring Cups/Spoons
  • Mixing Bowls
  • 7×10 Baking Dish
  • Large Stock Pot


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. This will fit a 7×10 baking dish.
  2. In a large pot, add the butter and place over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chopped-up mushrooms and sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Add in the cream cheese. Once melted, add the seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and heavy cream.
  4. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the cooked pasta.
  6. Pour into the baking dish, top with crushed pretzels, and bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove and enjoy!


Can I make this casserole ahead of time and reheat it?

Yes, you can prepare the casserole in advance and reheat it in the oven when you’re ready to serve. Just be sure to cover it with foil to prevent excessive browning on top.

Are there any suitable substitutes for cream cheese in this recipe?

While cream cheese adds creaminess, you can use alternatives like sour cream or Greek yogurt to achieve a similar texture and tangy flavor.

Can I add other vegetables to the casserole for more variety?

Absolutely! You can experiment with veggies like sliced bell peppers, green beans, or even chopped red onions to give the casserole your personal twist.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

This casserole is a classic dish! I love the comfort feeling while enjoying this.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tuna Noodle Casserole
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • 7"x10" baking dish
  • large stock pot


  • 12 oz pasta cooked according to box directions
  • 10 oz tuna fish drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup mushrooms chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • *Topping 1 cup crushed up pretzels or crackers


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. This will fit a 7×10 baking dish.
  • In a large pot add the butter and place over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted add the chopped-up mushrooms, sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add in the cream cheese, once melted add the seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, heavy cream.
  • Mix until incorporated.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients including the cooked pasta.
  • Pour into the baking dish, top with crushed pretzels and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and enjoy!


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Tuna Noodle Casserole is the kind of recipe that embodies the essence of comfort food. It’s quick, easy, and incredibly satisfying, making it the perfect choice for weeknight dinners, potlucks, or any occasion when you crave a hearty, homely meal. 

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