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Comforting Tuna Casserole

My mother gave me the recipe for this classic casserole 20 years ago. Sometimes I use sliced stuffed olives instead of pimientos. —Dorothy Coleman, Hobe Sound, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
  • 6 teaspoons reduced-fat butter, divided
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 pouch (2-1/2 ounces) albacore white tuna in water
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 2 teaspoons minced chives
  • 2 slices Muenster cheese (3/4 ounce each)
  • 2 tablespoons soft bread crumbs


  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 5 teaspoons butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil over medium
  • heat; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to medium-low; add the cream cheese, tuna, pimientos and chives. Cook and stir until cheese is melted.
  • Drain noodles. Spread 1/4 cup tuna mixture into a 3-cup baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the noodles, 1/2 cup tuna mixture and one slice of cheese. Repeat layers.
  • Microwave remaining butter on high, stirring every 30 seconds; stir in bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
Editor's Note
To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 493 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 941mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • Julieann1967
    Aug 23, 2020

    A friend of mine gave me this recipe years and years ago, minus the pimiento and chives, and uses cornflake crumbs melted in butter instead of bread crumbs! This is my husbands favorite recipe, the kids loved it too... My adult daughter now makes this same recipe for her family!

  • Lowcalmama
    Mar 8, 2020

    Love this casserole! May add extra tuna next time. Overall, yum yum!!!

  • jetluvs2cook
    Dec 12, 2018

    Family loves this casserole!

  • Wieners
    Mar 25, 2016

    I chose to double this and am glad I did. The leftovers were great. As other reviewers suggested I also added garlic salt and extra Muenster cheese.

  • Bamster53
    Mar 12, 2016

    Made this last night and it was excellent. Used a couple extra slices of Munster cheese. Delicious!!!

  • Corwin44
    Jan 20, 2016

    This tuna casserole is a lot like the one my grandma use to make. I had never heard of or used muenster cheese, so I was just going to leave it out. However, I saw a small block of it at the grocery store for $4 and decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. I graded it up and mixed it into the casserole. I also added mushrooms and peas. I made the sauce as suggested but used cream cheese with chives. I decided to top my casserole with crushed ritz crackers and Parmesan cheese. I also trippled this recipe because I needed to serve 6. Very good and my new go to tuna casserole recipe.

  • kellyAW
    Apr 19, 2014

    This is a very tasty old fashion tuna recipe. I agree it needs more salt. I also added a little parmesan cheese to the sauce. Instead of bread crumbs I sprinkled a little grated cheddar cheese on top, after all I am from Wi. add cheese to everything. I definitely will make it again.

  • Christiesworld
    Jan 14, 2014

    I doubled the recipe, but had to add 2 cups of liquid to the roux to make it a sauce. Wonder if a "1" was forgotten before the "3/4 cup" of milk? Added peas and mushrooms, definitely used the chives and roasted pimentos. Anything to add some more flavor to a cassarole is good!

  • jodie63a
    Jan 13, 2014

    This was a Friday night staple for many years when my kids were growing up. Pimentos were a luxury so were left out but I added a can of peas just before baking. Ritz crackers were a treat but made it sooooo good.

  • lilsquirt47
    Jan 13, 2014

    It is really good with Ritz crackers instead of bread crumbs.