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Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Updated on October 26, 2016
Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole
Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole | Source
4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

If you're looking for a healthful variation on tuna casserole, this isn't it. This is a delectable, delicious, decadent dish of gooey goodness. Cheesy tuna noodle casserole—it may not be sophisticated, but it sure is good.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: Serves 6—8 as a main dish

Ingredients

  • 1 lb wide egg noodles
  • 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 8 oz frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cans tuna, drained
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4—6 oz potato chips, crushed
Wide egg noodles give a good foundation to this ooey-gooey dish.
Wide egg noodles give a good foundation to this ooey-gooey dish. | Source

First, boil your egg noodles for about one minute less than the package instructs. They will cook more in the oven, so if you boil them as long as you would ordinarily, you risk mushy noodles in your finished product.

Cream of mushroom soup, straight from the can
Cream of mushroom soup, straight from the can | Source

While your noodles are boiling, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then open your cans and bags, and dump the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. You should drain the tuna before you add it, but you do not need to heat the frozen vegetables; they will cook in the oven.

If you don't have frozen mixed vegetables on hand, use whatever small frozen veggies you have in your freezer. Corn works, as do peas or cubed carrots. I've never tried it with broccoli florets, but it might be good. Let me know!

Mix up the condensed soup, tuna, and veggies. Don't think about what it looks like.
Mix up the condensed soup, tuna, and veggies. Don't think about what it looks like. | Source

Mix the vegetables, condensed soup, and tuna together until it looks thoroughly unappetizing. (It may be ugly now, but it will taste great in the end, I promise. Do not dwell on its resemblance to what the cat regurgitated in your shoe that one time.)

Mmmm . . . half a pound of shredded cheese.
Mmmm . . . half a pound of shredded cheese. | Source

Shred 8 ounces of cheddar cheese (or open a package of pre-shredded cheese — I won't judge). I like extra sharp cheddar in this dish because it adds flavor, but you could use half cheddar and half mozzarella if your family prefers it mild.

Add the cheese to the mixing bowl and incorporate it into the soup mixture.

Once you add the noodles and cheese, it starts to look a little more appealing.
Once you add the noodles and cheese, it starts to look a little more appealing. | Source

Drain the egg noodles and mix them with the gloppy soup/veg/cheese/tuna mixture. Be sure to stir thoroughly, so you don't end up with naked noodles in one corner and a half cup of cheese in the other.

Turn the mixture out into a 9"x13" pan (unless you're lazy like me, and you already did all the mixing right in the pan in the first place).

Ahh . . . that's better. Nothing like some potato chips to make dinner beautiful, eh?
Ahh . . . that's better. Nothing like some potato chips to make dinner beautiful, eh? | Source

Now for some fun! Put your potato chips into a sandwich bag and close it securely. Then squeeze or smash the chips until they beg for mercy. Pour them onto the casserole mixture, making sure to fully cover it so that the noodles don't burn.

After it comes out of the oven . . . it looks pretty much the same as it did before. But it tastes way better.
After it comes out of the oven . . . it looks pretty much the same as it did before. But it tastes way better. | Source

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot. (Or cold; the leftovers are good for lunch the next day, although the chips do get soggy in the fridge. You can always scrape them off and add fresh ones if necessary.)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: One-eighth of the pan
Calories 520
Calories from Fat180
% Daily Value *
Fat 20 g31%
Carbohydrates 60 g20%
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 25 g50%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      My pleasure, Jimmy. It's a simple, delicious comfort food.

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      James Paterson 5 years ago from Scotland

      Looks Delicious, tuna, cheese and noodles what a perfect match,thanks for sharing.....jimmy

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I'm with you on the leftovers, suzzycue. Just remember that if you want the chips to crunch, you'll have to replace them; they do get soggy overnight in the fridge, unfortunately. But that's a dream lunch for me right there: big plate of gooey, cheesy tuna noodle casserole surrounded by potato chips, and accompanied by a large glass of Diet Coke. What could be better?

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds great. I would never have thought of potatoe chips for the top but why not. Great idea and it would crunch like bread crumbs. I love tuna casserole. The leftovers are better the next day.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thank you, Suki. I bet you'll love it.

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      Barbara C 5 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Mmmm - one to try without a doubt!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Ha! You probably could spread it on toast, but it wouldn't be very healthful! I love the texture of condensed soup right out of the can, because you can poke it gently and it springs back, but if you poke it hard, your fork goes straight through and out the other side. I wish I had some other recipes that used this soup, although I'm probably better off not using it too much!

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      That cream of mushroom soup looks as though it could be sliced and served on toast. ;^)

      I enjoy tuna casserole a lot but I prefer it without cheese. What a fun recipe! Voted useful.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Angela Kane: Yes, it is simple, but delicious!

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for this simple recipe. It is very easy to make with few ingredients.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I love potato chips with just about anything, but yes, they are especially good with tuna. Thanks for reading, Audrey!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I love potato chips with tuna--so it was wonderful to see them in this recipe!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I'm so glad you like the recipe, duffsmom. I hope your family enjoys it!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thank you, Susan. Let me know how it comes out!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      This sounds like something we might really like. Thank you. Love easy tasty recipes.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I know everyone at my house would love your tuna casserole. Thanks for the recipe. I'll be trying this soon.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thanks, Kelley, Angela, and Judi. It's one of my favorites, so I'm glad you think it sounds good. Bon appetit!

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Looks easy enough for even me! Think my daughter might like it, so will try it out.

      Pinned!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      Wow, this looks so easy, yet yummy. My type of home cooking. I am going to pin this, so I can easily find it in the future. Thank you for such a great recipe.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Take care, Kelley