Serious Comfort: Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Comfort food. What does that phrase mean to you?

For me, comfort food means my favorite food memories of childhood: my mom’s Potato Leek Soup, Gigi’s lasagna, Nana’s cornmeal mush with butter and sugar, my dad’s soft-boiled eggs on buttered toast, homemade cinnamon swirl bread fresh from the oven, even the chocolate pudding with whipped cream that was an occasional special treat from the elementary school cafeteria.

The list goes on and on, and seems to change as I grow older.  But one thing that is always near the top is my mom’s Tuna Noodle Casserole.  It’s by no means an exclusive recipe.  I’m not sure where her version originated, but similar recipes can be found just about everywhere.  But regardless of where it came from, this is now a family recipe and it’s the one that my sister and I will make for our own kids.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I don’t make many dishes that use condensed canned soup as a base.  I’m not judging, I know that many a good casserole gets thrown together using cream of mushroom, cream of celery, or cream of chicken soup.  I just didn’t grow up eating many of those casseroles. In fact, tuna noodle is the only casserole I remember eating as a kid, other than mac and cheese.  As I learn more about cooking, I find that I generally prefer creating things from scratch, using whole ingredients rather than processed ones.  But certainly not always!

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I see no problem with keeping a few cans of condensed soup on hand, especially cream of mushroom.  I don’t eat the soup by itself but it’s great for casseroles (it even says so on the front of the can!) and I sometimes like to simmer pork chops in it, which, when served over rice, makes for an easy and satisfying main course.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

When I moved away from home at age 19, my mom put together a family cookbook for me.  She added hand written recipe cards with several of my favorite recipes from childhood.  The book also came with extra plastic sleeves and blank recipe cards so that I could add my own favorites in the years to come. I have now added several new recipes including some of my husband’s childhood favorites that were given to me by my mother-in-law.

Family Cookbook

The cookbook, tattered from fifteen years of use and several moves, is still one that I turn to whenever I need a taste of home. And since we lost my mom ten years ago, seeing her handwriting on the recipe cards can sometimes be just as comforting as the food.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

So, if you have children that are getting ready to leave the nest for the first time or even ones that have been on their own for years, think about creating a special cookbook for them.  Even family recipes that come from a cookbook will hold special meaning in the future if they are written down by you.

Now on to the recipe!

I made Tuna Noodle Casserole yesterday to take to my sister’s house for dinner.  We both love it and these kinds of things taste even better when they’re shared with loved ones.  I don’t think I’ve made the casserole for a few years and I admit that while putting it together I made a few needed changes to the hand written recipe.  For one, I added a bit of milk because it seemed a bit too dry.  I also used homemade bread crumbs that I toasted in a little butter before sprinkling on the top.  Like I said, small changes, and the casserole tasted better than ever.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Dinner with my sister and brother-in-law turned out to be a lot of fun!  As often happens over meals like this, we reminisced about some childhood memories.  I had almost forgotten that our dog Lucy sometimes got leftover tuna noodle casserole in her dinner bowl.  The reason we remember this is that Lucy, a big furry Newfoundland/Shepherd mix, would eat everything but the peas.  She’d wolf down the casserole and manage to leave nothing but a pile of small green peas, each one licked carefully clean.  I smile every time I think about it.  I guess these memories are what really make a comfort food.

K’s Tuna Noodle Casserole

6 oz. egg noodles (wide or extra wide), cooked*
1 small can of tuna, drained and flaked with a fork
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas, cooked
1/2 cup (or more) grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup fresh bread crumbs cooked in 1 T. butter until slightly crisp**
fresh grated parmesan cheese***

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large bowl, stir together first six ingredients until well combined.
3. Spread into a small greased casserole dish then sprinkle bread crumbs and parmesan cheese evenly over the top.
4. Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes and serve warm.

yield: four servings

Recipe notes:  This recipe makes a fairly small casserole but it can easily be doubled if you have a large family or like to have lots of leftovers!  *Don’t overcook the pasta! Read the package for times and use a timer.  **If you don’t want to use fresh bread crumbs, use the seasoned dried kind from the store and cut the amount in half.  Toss the seasoned dried breadcrumbs in one tablespoon of melted butter before sprinkling over the top of casserole. ***I now use a good quality parmigiano reggiano sprinkle on the top but we grew up using the stuff in a green can.  Just use whatever parmesan cheese you normally keep on hand.

So, what are your favorite comfort foods and what memories do they conjure up?  Here are some more of mine:

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  1. Grace Piper

    Great post. You are so lucky to have that book of recipes from your mom. I know where you’re coming from having also lost my mom.
    The next time you use a canned soup, a little sherry at the end of cooking can really perk it up. I probably only cook with canned soup 2 or 3 times a year, but it is really handy to have in the house.


    1:33 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  2. Ali

    Serious deja vu over here…my mom had that exact recipe book. :) It is so nice to have recipes from our parents. Even if they aren’t ‘fancy’ meals, they remind us of home and can be very comforting.

    Thanks for the link love! :)

    1:35 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  3. Nicole

    Grace: Thanks for the tip about the sherry! I probably only use it a few times a year myself, but I keep it on hand because I never know when the mood will strike! :-)

    Ali: Crazy! I agree, there’s not one ‘fancy’ recipe in my book and I plan on keeping it that way. Just good, solid, simple recipes that will withstand the test of time!

    1:42 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  4. Alyce

    Hi there..I am going to hunt through your blog for new recipe ideas. It looks good. I post recipes as well. I have a yummy mac and cheese on there that is a great comfort food..of course soup is good too. Today I posted one for sweet potato biscuits…that is good too!!

    1:46 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  5. Jamie

    I love tuna noodle casserole! It was nice reading why it is a comfort food to you. I also love the story about your dog, my dog does the same thing! Almost 10 years ago my great grandma dictated all her family favorite recipes to my grandma, who then typed them and printed a cookbook.The cookbook was filled with recipes, stories and pictures of my great grandma. My great grandma gave those cookbooks to her family for a Christmas present, she died the following March. I turn to that cookbook a couple times a month for inspiration.

    1:50 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  6. Emon

    Great post, Nicole! And beautiful handwriting.

    1:53 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  7. Coleen

    Yum. So happy you’re back to blogging!

    1:56 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  8. Britney A.

    We never had this growing up and I just my first try about a year ago…love it! This will be a great recipe to make in the cool fall days ahead. Thanks!

    2:15 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  9. Ruby

    Definitely comfort food Nicole. I love this dish, going to have to cook it for Emma and Abby. In fact, I should start collecting recipes for their future cookbooks! I’m so glad I have 2 girls that I can share this stuff with!

    2:29 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  10. Nicole

    Alyce: Thanks for stopping by! I’m off to find your mac & cheese recipe now!
    Jamie: That’s funny that your dog does the same thing! My dog will eat peas off the kitchen floor when they roll off the counter! You are so lucky to have the cookbook from your great grandmother! What a treasure!
    Emon: Thanks! Yes, I love my mom’s handwriting, much neater than my own!
    Coleen: Thanks! It feels really good to be back!
    Britney A: Glad you like it, even though you didn’t grow up with it!
    Ruby: You should defnitely start working on their cookbooks now! And don’t forget to include some of Ron’s grill recipes :-)

    2:37 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  11. toontz

    We all love tuna noodle casserole around here. I make mine with white sauce, though, just because I can and usually have the ingredients on hand. I know what you mean about seeing a dear one’s handwriting. Whenever I see my father’s handwriting (gone over four years now) I get very emotional, especially since he didn’t cook all that much.

    3:03 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  12. Catherine

    My fiancee loves tuna & i have never been a canned tuna person but your reflections on your mom and comfort food convinced me. He’s going to be one happy & surprised man tonight! Also, we had a beagle who would lick the dressing off the salad but leave the greens!

    3:35 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  13. amanda

    somehow your writing can always move me emotionally nicole! great post, and awesome pictures! i’ve never had tuna casserole, but it looks great! :-) btw, three posts in 1 week! your on fire!

    3:43 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  14. Nicole

    toontz: I made one once with white sauce and some other added ingredients. It was good but just didn’t feel like the tuna casserole I love! :-)

    Catherine: Yay! I hope he likes it (and you, too)! I bet my boston terrier would do the same thing with a salad. He eats just about any vegetable but isn’t a huge fan of lettuce!

    Amanda: Aw, thanks! I plan on blogging regularly from now on…at least until we have to move again!!

    3:58 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  15. ttfn300

    Yes I love this idea, my mom has actually used the recipe book idea for wedding/shower gifts and everyone’s loved it :)

    5:22 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  16. patsyk

    Your casserole might make me eat tuna (not a fan)… maybe I will make it with chicken instead… it really looks so good.

    5:27 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  17. Kalyn

    I love it that you have that binder with your mom’s recipes. I miss asking my mom cooking questions so much. There are still a few recipes of hers that I wish I had. (And good to know I’m not the only blogger who has a recipe that uses canned soup! I rarely use it any more but I agree, it’s good for some things.

    8:24 pm  Sep 19th, 2008
  18. TastyNewEngland as a good variant on the classic tuna noodle casserole with some Mediterranean flavors thrown in – artichokes, red bell peppers, some parsley. I make it sometimes and people seem to really like it, plus the recipe makes a huge batch so you can either make one and freeze the other or just have a lot of leftovers. I do the leftovers. :)

    5:33 am  Sep 20th, 2008
  19. Nicole

    ttfn300: That is a perfect idea! A book of family recipes would make a wonderful wedding gift!
    Patsyk: I’m sure it will be good with chicken but you should really try it with tuna first! Try using the the white albacore rather than chunk light…it’s closer to chicken 😉
    Kalyn: I’m sure there are plenty of food bloggers that still have a place in their heart for these types of recipes! I see nothing wrong with it!
    TastyNewEngland: Thanks for the tip, I’ll search for the Martha recipe and see how she does it!

    7:43 am  Sep 20th, 2008
  20. jody

    Well I have Mac and Cheese “homemade” in the oven as we type. Son and DIL
    are coming and they’re veggies lol. Your recipe here sounds YUM tho. So I’ve printed it out and will try it later this week!!

    2:53 pm  Sep 20th, 2008
  21. Rachelle

    That recipe is very similar to the one my mom used to make for us too. I make it once in a while still. We use elbow macaroni, but I like your egg noddles better :)

    3:23 pm  Sep 20th, 2008
  22. Nicole

    Jody: Mmmmm…I bet your house smells wonderful!
    Rachelle: I’ve never tried it with macaroni, but I’m sure any type of pasta would be good. But I have a special place in my heart for egg noodles :-)

    4:20 pm  Sep 20th, 2008
  23. Kelly

    My mom made this recipe when I was little, too! It originally came from the Favorite Brand Name Recipe Cookbook, I believe, or its sequel. The cheddar cheese addition sounds good. Our alterations: shell pasta (perfect for catching saucy goodness) and canned cream of chicken soup (for the picky non-mushroom eater – oh wait, that’s me)!

    10:11 pm  Sep 20th, 2008
  24. Joe

    I just made the same exact thing! Idea courtesy of my Mom. The only thing i did differently was I didn’t use bread crumbs and I put the grated cheddar cheese on top for a crispy crust…my roomates turned their noses at it, but it’s VERY comforting food, for some reason.

    12:06 am  Sep 21st, 2008
  25. Meg

    That is the yummiest looking tuna casserole I have ever seen! What a great comfort food!

    Anything that involves pumpkin is a comfort food for me!

    6:24 am  Sep 21st, 2008
  26. caviar and codfish

    I’ve never had a a tuna casserole… can’t even imagine the taste. But I’ve been hearing from people all around me lately that it was their childhood comfort food so I’m anxious to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe, Nicole.

    7:17 am  Sep 21st, 2008
  27. Nicole

    Kelly: Shell pasta would be great! I’ve recently started using that for mac and cheese since it holds on to all the cheesy goodness better than elbows!
    Joe: I sometimes put grated cheese on top, too! Although usually throw some crumbs on top of that! Can’t have too much cheese :-)
    Meg: Thanks! I love pumpkin things, too! I’m sure some new pumpkin recipes will be popping up next month. Stay tuned! :-)
    Caviar and Codfish: I hope you give some version of a tuna casserole a try someday! There are many variations out there floating around!

    12:04 pm  Sep 21st, 2008
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  29. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Comfort food always has to have carbs — lots of carbs. For me, mac and cheese or tuna casserole are the epitome of comfort food, the things my mother made when I was young.

    8:52 pm  Sep 21st, 2008
  30. Steph

    ok i am one of the last comments:) It is so funny because i just made this before you put this up. And the reason was i was craving my mom’s comfort food. Which of course includes her tuna casserole, tacos, potato salad and fried chicken. And my fav from my mother in law–her mac n cheese. Yummy! Well loved this blog Nicole. Love to hear about ur family memories. And has it really been like 15 yrs since we moved out to Oregon?!! Wow time flies.

    9:27 pm  Sep 21st, 2008
  31. Nicole

    Lydia: I totally agree about the carbs!
    Steph: That’s crazy that you just made it! Must be the change of season, seems like lots of people are making this type of thing right now! Mmmmm…fried chicken sounds good right now! Can you make it like your mom does? Maybe I’ll drive up there! And yes, I can’t believe how long it’s been since we moved up to Oregon! Seems like just yesterday…

    7:40 am  Sep 22nd, 2008
  32. Christy

    Fall is definitely here in our neck of the woods. The leaves have changed, the temperature has dropped and my tummy does not thing but crave comfort foods exactly like this. I can guarantee that this will soon be gracing out tables!

    Great to have you back.

    2:18 pm  Sep 22nd, 2008
  33. Sarah

    “sometimes the handwriting can be as comforting as the food.” Your words are so true! Thank you for sharing your recipes and cookbook!

    4:44 pm  Sep 22nd, 2008
  34. Susan

    When each of my daughters was married I gave them a compilation of their favorite recipes ~ The Big Green Book of Good things to Eat. I hope they will keep it as long as you have kept the one from your mother. I know they refer to it often. By the way, tuna casserole is one of my spouse’s favorites. I guess I better get in the ingredients and make him one. He deserves it.

    6:44 pm  Sep 22nd, 2008
  35. Lisa (Homesick Texan)

    What a treasure that you have a cookbook with hand-written recipes from your mom! I can’t remember the last time I had tuna casserole, but I do believe that it’s been too long.

    8:58 pm  Sep 22nd, 2008
  36. Sally

    That’s the way I’ve always made it, except either with no veggies in it or frozen chopped broccoli, thawed.

    5:12 am  Oct 5th, 2008
  37. Katy

    I am on Day 3 of a 2-week family experiment. We are not buying anything for 2 weeks! I am making some homemade soup right now, but the dried beans are too slow to cook and won’t be ready for dinner tonight. Since ordering take-out is not an option, I thought of tuna noodle casserole. I don’t think we have frozen peas, nor egg noodles – I’ll try a variation of this one, with penne pasta, tuna, and who knows what else. But I’m happy to have found this website to give me some inspiration and a quick dinner. Thanks for the ideas! Wish I could follow it exactly – maybe next time! I’ll write about it on my blog at Planet Perepctives.

    3:39 pm  Nov 5th, 2008
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  40. Corinne

    I made this tonight. I doubled the recipe so that Jason and I will have leftovers to live off of for the next week. It was very good, if I don’t say so myself! =o)

    8:36 pm  Dec 21st, 2008
  41. Denise

    I made this last night and it looked exactly like yours. I am not a huge fan of tuna so I might make this with left over chicken the next time I roast one.

    2:55 pm  Feb 9th, 2009
  42. kathryn

    this is the reason that i put your website on my favorites! it happened to be the exact recipe i was looking for and delicious pictures are helpful as well. it was perfect for 2 and leftovers for lunch the next day! i like your style!

    6:34 pm  Mar 3rd, 2009
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  44. Lynn

    Thank you for sharing! I searched the web for this recipe and yours was the first to pop up. It is a rainy day here in Washington State and my husband is gone for 3 days. I told my daughter I would make her something special for dinner (something my hubby does not like) :) Your recipe mirrors my mothers only she used crunched up potato chips for the topping instead of bread crumbs. I am going to the kitchen right now! Thanks again!

    5:31 pm  May 13th, 2009
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  46. MamaMia1234

    Your blog brought a tear to my eye. I lost my grandmother last month. She was 96 so we had her around for many years, I just don’t think we cherished her near enough. Anyway, when family members were asked if there was anything they wanted from her house her recipes and family photos were the only things I cared about. I’ve since been working on scanning them for future generations. Everyone will be able to enjoy her “handwritten” recipes.

    Also, when my brother got married I gave his wife a recipe binder full of our families favorite recipes. She was thrilled.

    7:37 pm  Jun 14th, 2009
  47. Rachel

    Thanks for the recipe, you’re an angel. I googled “tuna noodle” and found this. So simple and delicious, and not too much…perfect for my family of 3 (I always make too many servings). I’m pregnant and nothing seems to be appetizing, but just reading the recipe and looking at the pictures is making me hungry…you’re awesome.

    Sorry about your mom. I also enjoy my recipe cards written by my mom too. I feel connected to her just seeing her handwriting. Thanks again!

    3:40 pm  Jun 19th, 2009
  48. daniel kirton

    thanks for the recipe it was verey nice

    5:55 pm  Jun 19th, 2009
  49. Meg

    I’ve been trying to get my mom to give me some of her recipes for… oh, years now. She always has some silly excuse why she can’t give them to me – as if I’m asking for her personal medical records. My latest request was her Chili and her Beef Stroganoff recipes. Her excuse this time? “It’s almost summer. You can’t make Chili in the summer.” I’ve given up on the usual Mom-Daughter relationship attempts and have turned to blogs like yours for “family recipes”. Thanks for the Tuna Noodle; I can’t wait to pass it on to MY daughters. :)

    9:09 am  Jun 26th, 2009
  50. trey

    thank you so very much it was one of the best casseroles i have ever made( well actually it was my first) but ill be back here to find more ideas for a great dinner

    8:25 pm  Jul 24th, 2009
  51. Nicole

    Trey: Glad you liked it! :-)

    7:50 am  Jul 25th, 2009
  52. Mary

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I grew up eating Tuna Helper. I have tried making homemade tuna casserole in the past, however, the results were never that great. You pictures have inspired me to try again. None of the recipes I have tried in the past instructed me to mix the breadcrumbs with melted butter, and I am sure this makes a huge difference! I will be making this soon. Love your site!

    9:12 am  Sep 8th, 2009
  53. Denise

    I have this in the oven right now and can’t wait! I added a little Marsala wine to it and it smells great. Thanks for posting this!

    11:27 am  Sep 21st, 2009
  54. Neva

    I made this for dinner tonight…Yummy! I wanted something easy that I had all of the ingredients for, and this won. It was delicious and I like that it’s not a huge portion. : ) Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    9:43 pm  Oct 28th, 2009
  55. Alex Brant-Zawadzki

    This was far and away my favorite dish as a kid, especially because it was so easy to make.

    Tip – measure the milk by half-filling the can of cream of mushroom soup. helps you get out more of that goodness.

    I sometimes crush up Have-A-Chips or Ritz crackers instead of using breadcrumbs. Also I add a dash of seasoned salt, maybe garlicsalt or onion powder.

    Also delicious with cut-up asparagus and/or olives!

    8:44 pm  Nov 23rd, 2009
  56. Sunni

    I came across your blog because I was looking for the recipe on how to make a Red Velvet Cake… I love your site and it has inspired me to be more creative when it comes to cooking!!! Thank you so much!!! I made this tonight for me and my daughter and we LOVED it!!! I did make a few changes though… Instead of using the canned soup I sliced 10 small mushrooms and sautéed them until they had reduced in size… I then put them in a blender with some milk until it was smooth. I put it aside while I made the creamy cheese sauce then added in the milk and mushroom mix. Instead of using store bought bread crumbs or adding butter to my own and put a piece of 4 grain bread into a food processor and sprinkled them on top with the parmasan

    7:44 pm  Dec 19th, 2009
  57. Stefanie

    Thanks so much for posting. My mom used to make this as well when I was growing up, and while I rarely cook, this is one thing I can do. I followed your mom’s recipe and it came out great! :)

    6:01 pm  Jan 23rd, 2010
  58. michelle

    wow that sounds great..does anyone have any suggestions as to how to avoid using the Campbells soup. I just do not want to add that to my family’s diet. Thanks. i love your blog. Thank you for all the great ideas!

    3:20 pm  Feb 21st, 2010
  59. Nicole

    I’ve made a few different versions of tuna casserole from scratch (no processed ingredients), but haven’t written the recipe. You can make a basic white sauce (bechamel) and use about 2 cups of it in place of the soup. I like to cook some finely chopped onions and celery in butter then stir in the flour and milk to give the sauce more flavor. Just make sure to season well with salt and pepper!

    3:51 pm  Feb 21st, 2010
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  61. Jamison

    Delicious! My whole family enjoyed this classic recipe! It’s so nice to have another dish we all enjoy. Thanks for the dish!

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  62. Tammy

    Im always so particular…, what size can of cr. of. mush. soup am i supposed to be using…one of the “normal” size…or a mini-serving size? i plan on doubling this recipe and i need specifics…LOL. thank you soooo much :)

    7:00 am  Nov 2nd, 2010
  63. Nicole

    Tammy: Just use the regular size can of soup – not the family or single-serving size. Enjoy!

    9:09 am  Nov 3rd, 2010
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  65. Sally

    I prepared this tuna casserole last night and it was truly delicious. I didn’t have frozen peas but added a chopped green bell pepper. I did double the recipe. Comfort food at its finest. Thanks.

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  66. Loretta

    I don’t have time to read all the comments here but want to be sure no one follows the (incorrect!) handwritten/book page recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole like I did! Ok, I’m quite sure it should have occured to me NOT to put an entire pkg of peas like the reipe says but I had never made this before! I did have enough sense to fish out a lot of the peas after I mixed it together but what a hassle and there were still way too many! Anyway, be sure to scroll down and follow the website version, not the handwritten one!

    5:40 am  Jan 26th, 2011
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    This recipe is delicious! I reposted it on my wellness blog,! Thanks :)

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  69. Ray

    Followed your recipe but didn’t have mushroom soup so I used organic veggie broth that I had used also to cook green beans. Added toasted onions, Lizzie’s no salt spice, and some slivered almonds and the rest pretty much as you listed. One can of tuna was quite enough. The grownups really liked it. Thanks.

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  75. Kala

    so yummmmmy

    9:26 pm  Sep 29th, 2011
  76. Jamie

    I love reading people’s blogs, especially if they are about cooking. Thanks for the recipe! It is exactly the type of quick and easy tuna casserole recipe I was looking for. I also do not like to cook w/ Campbell’s that often, but I love the cream of mushroom and occasionally cream of asparagus or celery. Happy cooking!

    12:40 pm  Nov 13th, 2011
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    12:43 pm  Nov 21st, 2011
  78. Courtney

    Hi there! Thanks so much for sharing your mother’s wonderful tuna cass recipe (with a twist). My mum made a similar book of recipes for me last year, and it is my go-to cookbook for when I have guests coming over… or just for a night in with my boyfriend. I just made the T.C. for a dinner tonight — No doubt it will be a hit :)

    10:17 am  Dec 2nd, 2011
  79. Eve

    Thanks so much for this delicious recipe. My mom has been deceased for five years now, and today is her birthday. Guess what her favorite food was… tuna noodle casserole! Thus, I searched for a recipe and found this one. I made it and served it to my family tonight, and they loved it.
    Thanks for the brings back happy thoughts of my mom and my childhood!

    5:08 pm  Dec 2nd, 2011
  80. Chantell

    In the casserole.. I’m far from being a good cook. I’m still using box meals for my dinners but I was wondering do u have to use frozen peas if fresh peas from the can are on hand does it make a difference in taste??

    8:39 pm  Jan 6th, 2012
  81. Nicole

    Chantell- In my experience, frozen peas are just as good as and sometimes better than fresh peas. They are usually flash frozen just after picking, so they retain the sweetness of fresh-picked peas. In a casserole like this, I wouldn’t worry about seeking out fresh ones. Enjoy!

    9:14 am  Jan 7th, 2012
  82. Sandra in Atlanta

    Searched today for a homemade noodle casserole recipe and your blog popped up. As I read this post, I knew I had to try this meal. I can’t wait to read through all your other recipes and stories and get inspired. Thank you for creating this blog!

    5:47 pm  Feb 5th, 2012
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  84. Anne

    I just wanted to say, what a great gift that recipe book was! I hope to remember and do that for my children. I lost my mom 10 years ago, and what a treasure it would be to have a recipe book in her handwriting. It’s the little things, isn’t it? I am sure she wasn’t thinking you would treasure it b/c of her handwriting. Thanks for sharing!

    6:32 pm  Mar 15th, 2012
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  86. John

    Good LORD, you talk too much! Quit the jibberjabber and get on with the recipe. Nobody wants to scroll through a solid page of narrative before getting to the recipe. I was looking for a tuna casserole recipe, and your site was a hit via search engine. If this one entry is any indication, your blog is a real snoozer!! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    9:30 am  Mar 26th, 2012
  87. Mary

    John: It’s called a food BLOG for a reason. Maybe you should shut it and go buy yourself some Tuna Helper.

    9:57 am  Mar 26th, 2012
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  89. Heather

    Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of my all time favorites. When I am feeling like poop its my favorite food to make.

    4:41 pm  Apr 26th, 2012
  90. Dee

    This is the Campbell’s soup recipe !

    11:16 am  Jun 13th, 2012
  91. Vicki

    I came across your recipe while looking for a cheesy tuna noodle casserole recipe since my 7 year old keeps talking about it. I never ate it growing up and I think I tried tuna helper once, so I was skeptical but decided to make it for her. I made a couple of tweaks to suit our tastes. We both really don’t like peas so I left them out and I used cheddar cheese soup to make it cheesier. I also crushed saltines and put them on top with a couple of dollops of butter; since we usually eat our tuna on crackers it seemed to make sense. We LOVED the result. It was so quick and easy, I think it will be great to whip up for a summer break lunch as well. Thanks for the recipe! (btw, I have a recipe box put together by my late mother when I was married and I know how incredibly special it is to have.)

    2:45 pm  Jun 18th, 2012
  92. Sinea

    My husband has been bugging me to make tuna noodle casserole…the Campbell’s recipe. So glad I found it there. The photos make it look so good. I’m not usually a t-noodle casserole girl but this looks so good I probably will become one!

    9:45 am  Jul 7th, 2012
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  94. Kelly Luna

    Made this last night – SO GOOD. I doubled the recipe and only had one can of cream of mushroom soup, but had a can of cream of chicken so used one of each. I think I’ll do that from now on. This was exactly what my husband and I were craving. Thanks, Nicole!

    9:20 am  Dec 6th, 2012
  95. scott lindsay

    I made this last night. I doubled the order so I’d have leftovers all week. My room mates got a wiff of it cooking, and now there is barely enough left for dinner tonight ! Everyone had seconds.

    4:51 am  Dec 17th, 2012
  96. teachermrw

    Cooked the casserole this evening. Before I got started, I added some flavor enhancements, as the recipe as it stood seemed rather bland to me, with all due deference to you and your mother. :) I added: seasoned salt, black pepper, a few shakes of dry mustard, and plain panko bread crumbs. The casserole is very tasty. Next time, I’m contemplating evaporated milk for regular milk, and seasoned panko bread crumbs for plain panko bread crumbs.

    4:57 pm  Jan 13th, 2013
  97. DeAnja

    My mother gave me the exact same book when I got married at 23. She sprinkled in recipes from guests at my bridal shower. It’s been a staple at nearly every cook session since. Thanks for the tuna recipe. Smells like home.

    11:47 am  Jan 20th, 2013
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  101. Carrie L.

    Our family recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole is similar but easier (and lazier) but really good…

    3/4 bag of Extra Wide Egg Noodles
    1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
    1/2 cup of Milk
    2 small cans or 1 large can of Tuna
    1 can of peas and carrots (takes away the cook frozen peas step)

    Make noodles. When noodles are done, drain. Add noodles, cream of mushroom, milk, tuna, and can of peas and carrots to pot. Eat.

    9:53 am  Aug 23rd, 2013
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    Getting best from food is a task, and you did it in a good way.

    Our family recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole is similar but easier (and lazier) but really good…
    3/4 bag of Extra Wide Egg Noodles
    1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
    1/2 cup of Milk
    2 small cans or 1 large can of Tuna
    1 can of peas and carrots (takes away the cook frozen peas step)
    Make noodles. When noodles are done, drain. Add noodles, cream of mushroom, milk, tuna, and can of peas and carrots to pot. Eat.

    11:13 am  Oct 3rd, 2013
  103. jackie

    how many do you think this would serve?

    3:06 pm  Mar 7th, 2014
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