Easy Tuna Casserole with Five Ingredients

Casseroles are popular dishes for busy families. Although this may seem like a meal from the 1960s, an article from the Register-Guard Newspaper out of Eugene, Oregon, traces the history of tuna casserole as far back as 1865. This early version was made with leftover flaked cod and a Becheamel sauce. As canned goods became prevalent in the early 1900s, the cod became replaced with tuna and the Becheamel replaced with Cream of Mushroom soup.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Six servings


  • 1 12 ounce Can Chunk Lite Tuna Fish, water-packed or oil-packed
  • 4 Cups Wide Egg Noodles, Uncooked
  • 2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup, Undiluted
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Milk

Gather your ingredients and utensils

Noodles boiling...
Noodles boiling...
Drain your noodles; rinse with cold water.
Drain your noodles; rinse with cold water.
Add all ingredients to mixing bowl,
Add all ingredients to mixing bowl,
Mix all ingredients well.
Mix all ingredients well.
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  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 5-6 minutes (or about a minute less than package instructions, so they don't get overcooked).
  2. Drain noodles and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Drain the tuna fish by squeezing the opened lid onto the tuna or use a tuna strainer. Place into the mixing bowl with the noodles.
  4. Add the soup, cheese and milk to the bowl and mix all ingredients well. If it seems dry or stiff, add a little more milk. The mixture should have a nice creamy texture.
  5. Place mixture in a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until bubbly and heated through.


You can serve with peas and carrots, or in true casserole fashion, mix them in with the other ingredients before baking.

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Kappygirl 15 months ago Author

@Lareene, you are way overdue for some tuna casserole! What a funny comment :) Hope it turns out good! I always have peas and carrots with mine, usually on the side but sometimes mixing them in.

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Lareene 15 months ago from Atlanta, GA

I haven't had tuna casserole since the last man was on the moon. Because of you I am going to fix some this coming week. I'm looking forward to it.

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Kappygirl 20 months ago Author

@Kristen Howe- it comes in handy when you don't know what to cook for dinner because most people have those items in the pantry.

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Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great recipe. Easy to make, too! I would try it sometime soon.

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Kappygirl 22 months ago Author

Thanks @monia saad! I see you REALLY like tuna casserole!

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monia saad 22 months ago from In my Dream

great hub and delicious recipe

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