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Tuna Noodle Casserole: Tuna and Noodles for Creamy Comfort

Tuna noodle casserole is a comfort food recipe perfect for stretching a budget. It combines a can of tuna with egg noodles, a couple of cans of vegetables, some seasonings, and a can of cream-of-chicken soup. The optional Ritz cracker topping is delish. 

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Tuna noodle casserole on a plate and topped with a savory Ritz cracker crumble
Creamy tuna noodle casserole on a plate with a green pattern

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Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole Ingredients

Casserole

  • 12 oz. uncooked egg noodle pasta
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken condensed soup
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup frozen peas or 1 can, liquid drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn or 1 can, liquid drained
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. curry powder
  • 5 oz. can tuna

Topping

  • 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large pot on your stovetop, bring 5 qt. water to a rapid boil.  To add flavor and reduce stickiness, add 1 Tbsp. salt to the water.  Add 12 oz. egg noodle pasta and stir, return to a rapid boil.  Cook, uncovered, for 7 minutes.  Drain well.

Ritz crackers in a Ziploc bag being crushed by a rolling pin to make a crumb topping for tuna noodle casserole

While you are waiting for the water to boil, and also for the pasta to cook, combine all other casserole ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside, until the pasta is cooked and drained.

A rolling pin and a Ziploc bag of crushed Ritz crackers for the Tuna Noodle Casserole topping
Tuna noodle casserole filling in a bowl, Ritz cracker pieces and butter in another bowl, and an empty casserole dish

Once you’ve combined all the ingredients for your casserole, place your crackers into a sealed bag and crush them with a rolling pin; you’ll want them fine. Melt the butter and mix into your crushed crackers.

A casserole with tuna noodle mixture in it, and a spoon mixing Ritz crackers with melted butter
Tuna noodle casserole ready to go in the oven

With the pasta cooked and drained, and the other ingredients combined, go ahead and mix the noodles into the mixture and spread in the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish.  Crumble your cracker mixture over the top.

Tuna noodle casserole with Ritz cracker topping golden brown and fresh from the oven

Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes.  You’re just heating this through since all ingredients are already ready for consumption.  I usually place a thermometer in the center to alert me when the temperature reaches 165 degrees.

3.25 from 8 votes
Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: dinner
What You Need
Casserole
  • 12 oz. egg noodles
  • 2 cans condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup frozen corn, or 1 can, drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas, or 1 can, drained
  • 5 oz tuna
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp curry
Topping
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    In a large pot on your stovetop, bring 5 qt. water to a rapid boil.  To add flavor and reduce stickiness, add 1 Tbsp. salt to the water.  Add 12 oz. egg noodle pasta and stir, return to rapid boil.  Cook, uncovered, for 7 minutes.  Drain well.

    While you are waiting for the water to boil, and also for the pasta to cook, combine all other casserole ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside, until the pasta is cooked and drained.

    Once you’ve combined all the ingredients for your casserole, place your crackers into a sealed bag and crush with a rolling pin; you’ll want it fine.  Melt your butter and mix into your crushed crackers.

    With the pasta cooked and drained, and the other ingredients combined, go ahead and mix the noodles into the mixture and spread in the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish.  Crumble your cracker mixture over the top.

    Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes.  You’re just heating this through, since all ingredients are already ready for consumption.  I usually place a thermometer in the center to alert me when the temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Baked tuna noodle casserole with a side of cubed cantaloupe and garlic bread

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FAQs

Q: Can I use cream of mushroom soup in my casserole?

A: Absolutely! Any cream-of soup tastes so good in tuna noodle casserole.

Q: What are egg noodles?

A: Egg noodles are made with eggs and flour. The consistency of them is different, making them absolutely perfect for cooking in water and then baking in a casserole. Where other noodles might fall apart, egg noodles get more delicious.

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