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Homemade Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

Updated on August 30, 2011

Our Homemade Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

Tuna noodle casserole is a timeless comfort food. You've no doubt eaten it a time or two. So has your mother, your grandmother, and quite possibly your great grandmother. It's changed over the years of course and there are many variations.

It's not uncommon for hurried cooks to use canned soup to help create this dish, but that's not the way cooks of 60 years ago did it. The recipe I share here is a homemade tuna noodle casserole that is a bit more old fashioned. It's flavorful but I'll warn you it's not low fat. It's a recipe that was passed down to me long ago and I'm sure it was altered a bit by each person who made it. Although I don't eat this dish often, it does bring back memories.

The Ingredients for Tuna Noodle Casserole

First you'll need to gather your ingredients:

1-1/2 cups macaroni or wide egg noodles
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup butter or margarine
6 ounces tuna, chunked*
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup grated Swiss Cheese
1/2 cup cracker crumbs

* canned tuna

Putting It Together

On the stove top, cook noodles in boiling water for 8-9 minutes. Drain and place in 9x9" bake dish. Cook frozen peas on the stove top in boiling water for 8-9 minutes, drain, and place in 9x9" pan with noodles. Mix.

Melt butter or margarine in saucepan over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms, and saute for 2-3 minutes. Remove mushrooms with a slotted spoon and place on top of the noodles and peas in the bake dish. Add tuna to the bake dish and mix.

Add flour to the remaining margarine in the sauce pan. Whisk, and allow to cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add chicken broth while whisking. Once smooth, add cream. Simmer for a few minutes until thickened. (add more chicken broth if it thickens excessively)

Stir in grated cheeses, and allow to melt. Add pepper, stir thoroughly. Pour over ingredients in bake dish. Top with cracker crumbs.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Variations on Tuna Noodle Casserole

The recipe I shared uses a sauce that to me is reminiscent of a Mornay sauce. If you want something with less cheese, you can always make a simple white sauce by leaving out the cheeses.

If you want a lower fat version, you can use low fat margarine, half n' half or perhaps even milk instead of the cream, and either switch to low fat cheeses or no cheese at all.

Bread crumbs can be substituted easily for the cracker crumbs. If you prefer a different type of noodle, that can easily be switched as well.

This dish is also quite satisfying if you use salmon instead of tuna.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Oh wow, with so many ingredients, I would not for a moment doubt this is not delicious! Would have tried it but the oven's not in good shape.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This looks very tasty. I make a similar dish - including my own sauce, but I've never thought of adding mushrooms. Sometimes I put in red pepper which makes it look pretty (and tastes good).

      This is an excellent hub. I hope you don't mind - I'll add a link from our hub "Grocery Shopping List to use as a Checklist".

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Great looking recipe. We often make a similar, though similar dish but this one looks good enough for a party! Will have to try it sometime soon. Bookmarked

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Daddy Paul 7 years ago from Michigan

      Looks good. I bet this would be good with chicken as well.

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      GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

      Years ago it was one of my children's favorite..but never made it from scratch..sounds great.

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      reddog1027 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks muberry1. I am trying to cook from scratch more.My goal is to avoid all the extra salt, sugar and other stuff. I love tuna noodle casserole but have never seen a recipe for homemade. After trying my hand at homemade flat bread, it is next on the list.

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by everyone. This recipe is one we had when I was a kid, and it was altered several times I'm sure. I don't eat such heavy food anymore, but there's always room for a bit of nostalgia!

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      Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      We used to eat oodles of these noodles when I was a teenager. (Long time ago) Great hub.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      I have been in the mood for Tuna lately! You did a really good job presenting this hub, Mulberry! Love it and can't wait to try it out!

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      ThePartyAnimal 7 years ago

      I love Tuna Noodle Casserole, but my recipe seems so basic and yours a lot better - I think I need to try it this way. Looks so Yummy - thanks for the share.