Tuna Noodle Casserole – Easy and Quick!

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Weeknight dinner doesn’t get much easier than throwing together an easy tuna noodle casserole. This quick and classic recipe is tasty and versatile so it’s a total win in my book.

Tasty meals from my childhood often make an appearance on my own dinner table, as is the case with this yummy tuna noodle casserole easy and quick, just the way I remember.

Tuna Noodle Casserole in Dish
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Having dinner together as a family is a big deal to me. We only get a few years together and they seem to be going faster each year.

Like most parents, I don’t have tons of time to cook dinner, but I do what I can. Another favorite is my mom’s classic lasagna with cottage cheese and you don’t even need to boil the noodles for that one!

Tuna Casserole Ingredients

The thing I love about tuna noodle casserole is how versatile it is. This is a really simple recipe but you could add cheese, different vegetables or even use chicken instead of tuna fish.

This would be so good with rotisserie chicken for a delicious chicken noodle casserole! I’m just saying, feel free to get creative.

Tuna Casserole Ingredients

For this one, I used two kinds of cream of mushroom soup, tuna, egg noodles, milk, peas, butter and breadcrumbs. 

Here’s what you need to buy:

  • 2 Large Cans Tuna 9oz each
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup with Garlic
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Cups Frozen Peas
  • 4 Cups Egg Noodles
  • 4 Tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Butter

Using canned tuna is such a timesaver. You can also make tuna cakes with it for another easy meal.


If you like a cheesy casserole, add cheddar cheese or even parmesan cheese if you like. Or stir in some sour cream or cream cheese before baking. 

Try using potato chips instead of breadcrumbs for a vintage taste you may remember from childhood!

Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe (1)

How to Make Tuna Noodle Casserole

This really couldn’t be easier.

You’ll want to cook the egg noodles first and preheat the oven. 

Then, in a large bowl mix together most of the casserole recipe ingredients including the cooked noodles, soups, drained canned tuna, milk, and peas. 

Mix Tuna Noodle Casserole

Scoop the mixture into a casserole dish and put it in the oven.

Melt butter and mix it with the bread crumbs to create a topping. Out of bread crumbs? A potato chip topping is also popular. 

After the tuna casserole bakes for about 20 minutes, sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture on top and brown it in the oven for a few more minutes until the bread crumbs are golden brown. 

Tuna Casserole with Breadcrumb Topping

Optional: Add some cheddar cheese before topping the casserole with the bread crumbs for even more flavor. 

Serve and enjoy!

tuna casserole on plate with a fork

I love making this easy tuna casserole in the oven but you could definitely make it in the Instant Pot or even the slow cooker if you prefer. 

Can You Freeze Tuna Casserole?

Yes! This simple tuna noodle casserole is a great meal to make ahead or freeze for later.

Feel free to make extra tuna casserole and freeze it for another day or use the leftovers for weekday lunches or whenever you want some comfort food. 

Want more dinner recipe ideas? Check out these family favorites:

Print the Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

This tuna noodle casserole recipe will be a family favorite to make over and over. Feel free to print or save for your recipe box below. 

Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole

4.56 from 45 votes
Tuna noodle casserole just like grandma used to make! This is such a classic and easy recipe for a quick weeknight meal. My whole family loves it!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Yield: 8


  • 2 Large Cans Tuna, 9oz each
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup with Garlic
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Cups Frozen Peas
  • 4 Cups Egg Noodles
  • 4 Tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Butter


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Cook noodles in boiling water on the stove for about 10 minutes. Then drain.
  • Mix together cooked noodles, drained tuna, soup, milk and peas and transfer to a casserole dish.
  • Place casserole in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
  • Melt butter and add to bread crumbs
  • Top tuna noodle casserole with crumb mixture and cheese if using and brown in the oven for another 5 minutes.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Substitute broccoli or another veggie for peas or switch the tuna casserole for chicken to change it up! Adding cheddar cheese to the top is also quite tasty!


Serving: 1g, Calories: 284kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 635mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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  1. I don’t like tuna, “BUT” this was good. I made it mostly for my husband and also to see if I’d eat any of it, well I did, to my surprise. So I thank you and will continue to follow you.

  2. .Because I have some family members who are not big tuna fans, I substituted canned chicken breast along with a can of cream of chicken soup and the can of cream of mushroom soup! I used Panko breadcrumbs as well. Fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    I used Cremini and shiitake mushroom soup and I just crushed up garlic and put it in and it came out great and the breadcrumbs are really good if you use the seasoned Panko breadcrumbs