Classic Comfort Tuna Noodle Casserole


Delight in the nostalgic flavors of our Classic Comfort Tuna Noodle Casserole. This dish brings together tender noodles, flaky tuna, and sweet peas in a creamy sauce, all topped with a crispy breadcrumb crust. It's a warm, hearty meal that evokes fond memories of family dinners and provides the perfect blend of simplicity and satisfaction.

Classic Comfort Tuna Noodle Casserole

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g


  • Egg noodles: 400g (14 ounces / 0.88 pounds)
  • Canned tuna in water, drained: 2 cans (each 170g / 6 ounces)
  • Frozen peas: 150g (5.3 ounces / 0.33 pounds)
  • Cream of mushroom soup: 1 can (10.5 ounces / 0.66 pounds)
  • Whole milk: 240ml (8 ounces / 0.5 pounds)
  • Cheddar cheese, grated: 100g (3.5 ounces / 0.22 pounds)
  • Panko breadcrumbs: 60g (2.1 ounces / 0.13 pounds)
  • Unsalted butter, melted: 30g (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Garlic powder: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Onion powder: 5g (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat Oven and Cook Noodles: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Cook egg noodles according to package instructions, then drain.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine cooked noodles, tuna, peas, cream of mushroom soup, milk, half of the cheddar cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Assemble Casserole: Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over the top.
  4. Prepare Topping: Mix breadcrumbs with melted butter and sprinkle over the casserole.
  5. Bake: Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
  6. Serve: Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Noodle Choice: Ensure noodles are al dente as they will continue to cook in the oven.
  • Cheese Variation: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese for varied flavors.
  • Breadcrumb Topping: The breadcrumb and butter topping adds a delightful crunch.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this gluten-free?

Use gluten-free noodles and breadcrumbs for a gluten-free version.

Can I add other vegetables?

Yes, try adding carrots, corn, or bell peppers for extra nutrition and flavor.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in the oven or microwave.

Can I prepare this in advance?

Assemble the casserole ahead of time and bake when ready to serve.