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Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Tuna Noodle Casserole - a classic combination of tuna, peas, and pimiento with egg noodles and sour cream. A family favorite!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Tuna Noodle Casserole – a classic combination of tuna, peas, and pimiento with egg noodles and sour cream. A family favorite!

I’m doing my favorite thing today – sharing a old, classic recipe! Everyone knows this one, of course, and it’s still as delicious today as it always has been. 

Tuna Noodle Casserole - a classic combination of tuna, peas, and pimiento with egg noodles and sour cream. A family favorite! https://www.lanascooking.com/tuna-noodle-casserole/

Tuna Noodle Casserole is quick to make and will satisfy the whole family, children and adults alike. This classic dish full of goodness is just packed with nutrient-rich tuna.

According to several sources, no single nutrient has been determined to have more anti-inflammatory health benefits than omega-3 fatty acids, and tuna is rich in omega-3s. From an average can of tuna, you’ll get a good dose of critical omega-3 fatty acids for prevention of excessive inflammation. Even if it wasn’t absolutely delicious, the health benefits are reason enough to enjoy tuna.

Now, I know that most people are conditioned to pick up the packed-in-water tuna. However, I just don’t.

I always choose the packed in oil. It has huge flavor compared to the water packed, in my opinion. The water packed just tastes, well, watery. And besides, the difference in calories is really not that much. According to the USDA, there are 109 calories in a 3-ounce serving of tuna in water. Tuna in oil checks in slightly higher at 158 calories per 3-ounce serving.

Both varieties are considered moderate calorie choices, according to the FDA. For a difference of a mere 49 calores, I’ll take the oil packed.

And if your family doesn’t like tuna, or you simply want a change, you can always substitute leftover, diced, cooked chicken and turn it into a chicken noodle casserole.

How to Make Tuna Noodle Casserole

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Adding noodles to boiling water.

Cook the noodles in boiling, salted water according to the package directions.

Diced onion and celery on a cutting board.

While the noodles are cooking, dice the celery and onion. Saute in a small pan with one tablespoon of the butter.

All ingredients in a baking dish.

In a casserole dish, combine the drained tuna, mushroom soup, sour cream, pimiento, peas, sautéed celery and onion, and the cooked, well drained noodles.

Ingredients mixed well in a baking dish.

Stir well to combine.

Toasting cracker crumbs in a skillet.

Melt the remaining butter in a small saute pan. Stir in the cracker crumbs. I like my crumbs roughly crumbled. You can make them as fine as you like. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the buttered crumbs.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbling.

TIP: For a chicken noodle casserole, substitute cooked, diced chicken for the tuna and cream of celery soup for the cream of mushroom soup.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole – a classic combination of tuna, peas, and pimiento with egg noodles and sour cream. A family favorite!
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 cups medium egg noodles
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 12 ounces canned tuna packed in oil drained
  • 10.5 ounces cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 cup crumbled saltine crackers

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook the noodles in boiling, salted water according to the package directions. While the noodles are cooking, dice the celery and onion. Saute in a small pan with one tablespoon of the butter.
  • In a casserole dish, combine the tuna, mushroom soup, sour cream, pimiento, peas, sautéed celery and onion, and the cooked, well drained noodles. Stir well to combine.
  • Melt the remaining butter in a small saute pan. Stir in the cracker crumbs. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the buttered crumbs.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbling.

Notes

Note: For a chicken noodle casserole, substitute cooked, diced chicken for the tuna and cream of celery soup for the cream of mushroom soup.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 731mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. Sometimes nothing beats a good old classic. This looks so comforting and delicious, Lana. I’ve actually never ever made a tuna noodle casserole, but now I think I need to make your recipe.

  2. This sounds delicious! It’s funny, growing up I couldn’t stand fish but tuna casserole was the one seafood dish I was willing to eat! :)

  3. Boy, I haven’t eaten tuna noodle casserole in years. I’ve also never tried oil packed tuna. Perhaps it’s time to remedy both of those facts! I really like the added crunch of saltines on top.

    1. I’d really encourage you to try the oil packed, Kirsten. There’s just no comparison in taste and so little difference in calories. Just be sure to drain it well.

  4. I love that I am seeing more tuna recipes lately. It is such a staple in our house! Looks great!

  5. This is the recipe I use. For additional ‘crunch’, I do add a can of water chestnuts (which I mince). Yes, I agree, oil packed tuna has much more flavor than oil packed tuna.

  6. What a wonderful comfort food. My mom use to make Tuna Noodle casserole for us but you added a few more ingredients that really sound like great additions. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Ginny. Tuna noodle casserole is one of the first things I ever learned to cook. It’s most definitely comfort food and vintage comfort food at that.

  7. Yum – almost exactly like mine, except that I also add in a small can of (drained) sliced mushrooms, and I use a different topping. Tuna Noodle Casserole is our favorite, and I agree with you about using tuna packed in oil. Thanks Lana, for posting this delicious classic casserole recipe.

    1. Sometimes I use a bread crumb topping, Angelina, or either a crushed potato chip topping. The sliced mushrooms sound really good.