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Creamy Tuna-Noodle Casserole Recipe

Creamy Tuna-Noodle Casserole Recipe

When you need supper fast, this tuna casserole with peas, peppers and onions makes a super one-dish meal. Cooked chicken breast works well in place of the tuna. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 5 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free sour cream
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) light tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions for al dente, adding peas during the last minute of cooking; drain.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine soup, sour cream, cheese, milk and salt; stir in tuna, onion and pepper. Add noodles and peas; toss to combine.
  • 3. Transfer to an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, toss bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 340 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 699mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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angela32 User ID: 3084463 263734
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2017

"I used regular cream soup and regular sour cream. Yum!"

Ham_Sammich User ID: 8473184 252094
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

"I wanted to up my tuna noodle casserole game from the standard, back-of-the-soup can recipe and this recipe delivered and then some! I used regular cream of mushroom soup, light sour cream, celery in lieu of peppers (because it was all I had on hand), sauteed the celery and onions and then topped it off with crushed potato chips and mozzarella cheese in lieu of the breadcrumb topping (because I wanted to use them up). I also cut back on the noodles to be a little more than 4 cups. All in all, it was super creamy and had an amazing flavor with very little extra effort on my going back to soup-can-casserole for this me!"

cathy.dean User ID: 1467714 247578
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2016

"I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it. I used the suggestion of others and only used 4 cups of noodles and it was perfect, very creamy and not too dry. Also used 1/2 cup onion, 1/2 cup celery, and a cup of diced green pepper since I don't like peas. I sauteed them first. Other than that I followed everything else as written. Very tasty and easy to make. My family added salt and pepper to taste when served."

melaniedean1998 User ID: 8831255 246951
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"I made a few changes. I doubled this to make two large pans. But I used the family size cream of mushroom cans. I added mushrooms, and celery. I added more salt and pepper. I really wish I would have had frozen peas, but will definitely have to try mixed vegetables. I also mixed cheese with the bread crumbs. Overall, my family loved this easy Monday night comfort food."

Cooklover123 User ID: 8790958 244807
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"Great recipe !"

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 243353
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016 Edited Mar. 3, 2016

"Yes, it's a bit on the bland side, but I grew up in the '50s and '60s, and everything my mom cooked was bland by today's standards, so this is what says "comfort food" to me. You can always doctor it up with whatever seasonings you like. I did use two cans of soup and it was still barely saucy enough, so I definitely recommend that change. We liked the crunch added by the onion and green pepper (I used more than was called for). We got 8 servings out of this and I needed a deep 9x13 lasagna pan to hold it all. It makes a great Saturday night dinner."

imanimykel User ID: 2547796 237363
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"I made this for supper last night. My family and I loved it. I had leftovers for supper tonight. I especially love the crunch of the vegetables and the topping. I will try frozen peas and carrots or frozen mixed vegetables the next time I make it."

Bruzebra User ID: 7244606 236187
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"Was looking for some bad weather comfort food and fancied a tuna casserole - hadn't had one for some time. This fit the bill! I think the family was a bit disappointed when they heard what I was cooking but there really wasn't a lot left over, and what there was we enjoyed re-heated. Will make again!"

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 235415
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015 Edited Oct. 23, 2015

"I too made 2 minor changes.... I used 2 cans of Heart healthy Cream of Mushroom soup (instead of one) and a cup of frozen peas & carrots (instead of only peas) and it was a very delicious casserole."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 235191
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"This is an ok recipe, just not our favorite tuna noodle recipe. This is fairly dry compared to what we usually make. My family likes the onion and green pepper addition."

abbasgael User ID: 5941136 233967
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"My son and I just did not like this; and we have some kind of tuna noodle every week because we love it in all forms. The sour cream made it creamy--just not in a good way. And we both hated the onions and green peppers in this--we don't like crunchy in our mushy--maybe it would be better if you saute them before adding to the dish. We have way too many good tuna noodle recipes to bother with this one again."

RREnglish User ID: 8193493 232794
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Good recipe, Changed Canned Tuna for Canned chicken"

[email protected] User ID: 4021622 227773
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"Very good."

apschwartz User ID: 1393337 224817
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"We loved this! Very easy to make and it was a nice change to have peas in a tuna casserole as opposed to the standard broccoli. Will definitely make this again!!"

Marcicat User ID: 8208314 223543
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"This casserole was barely ok. I'm surprised so many people like it. I guess it just depends on what you are used to making. I thought it was too dry and had almost no flavor. Definitely needs more sauce and a lot more spice to make it edible. Removing from my recipe box."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 222586
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"Nice, basic and quick meal. I, too, thought it could have used a little more sauce."

Mrsatj User ID: 1860234 220345
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"My family is not a big fan of tuna but the recipe looked so easy and good I tried it and I will be making it again. Next time I will use about 4 cups of noodles as I thought it could have been a little more moist. Really good and it made a lot. Also used no yolk noodles to help with the calories."

Lowcalmama User ID: 7448511 220052
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Loved this easy casserole. Could use a bit more milk, as it was just a bit dry. But, will definitely make again!"

[email protected] User ID: 6956004 219684
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Best tuna casserole I've ever had. easy, quick, and the family loved it. I skipped the added salt. I used Panko for the topping instead of soft bread crumbs, doubled, and sprinkled liberally. The added crunch was a nice addition to the creamy texture of the casserole."

rapovy User ID: 3765699 219264
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"Loved it! I added another can of the cream of mushroom soup and I added spicy mustard for a little kick. Then I added some chopped hot peppers from a jar."

DeniseHalenar User ID: 1655302 218507
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly, except I had frozen peas with carrots so i used that - the carrots added a little color. The next day I reheated in the oven - just added a little more milk. Definately a keeper and will be making again."

kellyami User ID: 8220298 218304
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015 Edited Oct. 23, 2015

"I made this and really liked it. I made a few minor additions and substitutions.

I also added a small pinch of shredded cheese after mixing for a nice gooey cheesy topping. Baked at 350 for 32 minutes.
It's REALLY good. If you've ever had the Cheesy pasta Tuna Helper, it tastes identical to that. Flavor, moist, but not soup. It's delicious. My picky eater even likes it and said it tastes like the tuna helper. I might back down slightly on sour cream next time. There is an ever-so-slight taste to the dish. If I cut back a tablespoon or so, it should fix that and still taste great.
Thanks for the recipe! This was easy, took me about 5-10 minutes to prep and 32min to bake. It's pretty healthy. For 6 serving sizes, each serving (about 1 1/3 cup) is around 500 calories for one serving. You're getting a good amount of protein from the tuna. And one serving is pretty filling."

dale53_vt User ID: 470153 217634
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Very good, my husband and I both loved it. I used canned chicken from Costco, skipped salt as there was plenty in chicken and soup. I only used 4 cups noodles, red pepper instead of green as my us husband hates green. I also used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I liked it and will make again."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 217386
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"I tried this recipe out because I've been looking for a good tuna noodle casserole to but my personal taste I did not like this too well. I'm not a big fish person to begin with my husband liked it but I did not I think it needed a little more flavor."

annrms User ID: 2649709 213785
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

"I knew this recipe would be good with turkey (this time of the year) so I substituted diced leftover turkey for the tuna. Marvelous! We loved the creamy and crunchy in the casserole...pure comfort. Will definitely make it with tuna. Thanks for the recipe."

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 169161
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"This is comfort food. !!!!! Try adding the package of dry cheese mix that comes in macaroni&cheese. Increase the milk to 1/2 cup. This adds so much flavor to this already great casserole."

Poolcueti User ID: 7051525 211259
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"I used a 9x13 inch casserole dish, 3 cans of tuna, extra sour cream and added shredded cheese & mixed vegetables to the mixture along with some parmesan. I'm going to make it again and use butter cracker crumbs for the topping. YUMMY!!! :)"

spronovo User ID: 3118526 187885
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Made this with roast chicken instead of tuna and corn and carrots instead of peas. It was delicious!"

ljh529 User ID: 1728644 145520
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"I had not made tuna casserole for quite some time since my spouse is watching his carbs. I just saw this recipe in the TOH book that came out this month and decided to try the variation with sour cream. I really enjoyed the casserole, and my mother-in-law kept spooning more of it onto her plate. I sautéed the chopped onion and 2 stalks of diced celery in 2 Tbs. Of butter in a large stock pot. Then I added the soup, sour cream , cheese and milk to the sautéed vegetables. Mixed in the Tuna, leftover peas, and the cooked rotini instead of noodles. Added a few tablespoons of bread crumbs to the mix and just heated on the range until heated through. No need to bake in the oven...and the pasta stayed nice and moist! The ingredients are a keeper for me!"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 184723
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"This is a nice, fairly easy recipe--good for weeknight dinners. I agree with others that it is a little bland--it helps to use fried onion rings for the topping. I also added extra milk and soup as per others recommendations."

Kris Hodges User ID: 5707772 187884
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"I halved the recipe, substituted yogurt for sour cream and used the whole can of Cream of Mushroom. Oh, and I increased the milk per others suggestion. Also used French fried onions instead of raw and no green pepper. I didn't halve the toppings. It was delicious! In fact, the more I ate, the better it tasted. Thanks so much for a great Tuna casserole!"

TheaB User ID: 6624387 108079
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

"Loved it."

Wrangler505 User ID: 1439094 187883
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"I was looking for a real comfort food type recipe and this did not disappoint. This was a real keeper. I did use potato chips and French fried onions as a topping. Thank you for the recipe"

ConnieK User ID: 282614 185043
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"Very creamy and filling. Also very easy to make. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!"

jgbex1 User ID: 5795516 101918
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"It was just OK. Not a lot of flavor. I liked the crunch of the green pepper but celery would have been good too."

BoosBug User ID: 7052546 187881
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"I personally didn't care for this; felt the flavor was quite bland. Husband liked it which is the only reason I rated 3* otherwise would have been 2 for me."

tamarachronister User ID: 1908061 187491
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2013

"I used the basic recipe, but had to make a couple of substitutions. I used wheat noodles, made my own cream of mushroom soup and added chives and celery to it. I used 3 cans of tuna since the cans are smaller, used broccoli since I didn't have peas, and my husband doesnt' like green peppers. I toasted two slices of wheat bread to make the topping. I didn't tell him it was a healthy recipe until he told me it tasted great!!! I agree, this is a keeper. It looked like it might be dry after baking it, but it was perfect. Very filling, and so nice to eat it, knowing the calorie and fat grams are at a healthy level Thank you Edie!"

valasca314 User ID: 7142932 211258
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"This recipe was very good and it totally satisfied my craving for high fat comfort food without feeling too guilty! I will definitely be putting this in the rotation. The dish has a lot of flavor, but it does have that diet food taste to it. Just a fair warning. I may have thrown in a little more onion than what was called for and I hit it with the broiler for a few extra minutes of cooking time at the end to brown the bread crumbs. Very good!!"

biscuitbaby User ID: 1020618 101917
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"very good; family liked; used bowtie pasta - abt 6 cups & doubled everything else; perfect consistency that way! didnt use grn pepper (dont care for it) and thru in french fried onions instead of raw. will def make again!!"

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 145490
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"quick and easy. basic comfort food. at suggestion i used 1/2 cup of milk and it seemed to do the trick and was moist and creamy."

catyd User ID: 5888886 167742
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"Flavor was good, but it was too dry. I would definitely use more milk next time. I also omitted the green pepper. Added worchestire sauce, black pepper and cheddar cheese."

lpeters86 User ID: 3481982 103559
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"Absolutely delicious! I can't believe it is lower in fat and calories."

ladyhearts4 User ID: 309164 187880
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"I make double and freeze half.(cook egg noodles less for freezing) I also omit the green peppers since I don't like them.."

lazyjcafe User ID: 1762141 145489
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"I made this for the first time recently, and my family enjoyed it. However, we all felt it was too dry, so I would add more milk and soup next time. My family doesn't like mushrooms, so I substituted cheddar cheese soup instead. I also didn't add the peppers. I think next time I will add 1/2 can more soup and more sour cream and milk to make it moister. Good flavors."

melfreas User ID: 4059763 211257
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"This is a really good comfort food recipe...Mom used to make tuna noodle casserile when I was a kid. I used whole grain egg noodles and reduced fat club crackers. Can't wait to enjoy the leftovers!"

ch_bronte User ID: 3194939 127404
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"Added 1t dill, cheddar cheese, & red pepper flakes to give it a little more flavor."

caroline.morse User ID: 6005591 108078
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"it was great, generous helpings, I exchanged the green pepper for celery (since I had it on hand)"

andrewsprincess User ID: 3463810 169160
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"If you want a good tuna noodle casserole, you have to try my sister's recipe listed below. I have posted on TOH before and had several requests for the recipe since then. Please let me know if you try it and what you think of it.

1lb. bag med. noodles
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
2 soup cans of milk
1 2-cup bag shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
2 cans tuna
1 cup mayo
bread crumbs-optional
In med. pan heat soups, milk and cheeses until cheeses are melted, at the same time is different pan cook your noodles till tender. Drain noodles, add tuna and mayo, mix well, then add soup mixture and mix well. Put into casserole (I use a 13x9 pan) sprinkle with bread crumbs, if desired (I only sprinkle it on half, my hubby doesn't like them)
bake @ 400 for 20-30 min.  ENJOY
This could easily be cut in half, I would only use 1/2 bag noodles, 1 of the soups and 1 can milk, 1 cup cheddar cheese 1/2 mozz. 1 can tuna, 1/2 c. mayo.
If you dont' like cream of mushroom soup you could easily skip that, I did already, because I was out of it.
Hope you all like it!"

deborahn User ID: 1761412 185041
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"I've made this several times, we LOVE it. I make the full recipe and we have planty of leftovers. I like the addition of the peas. Just add a salad & your meal is complete."

Kara Webber Schiro User ID: 1772356 127402
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"Best Tuna Noodle casserole that I have ever had! All you could hear around the table was yummmm. The green pepper and Parmesan take it to the extra level."

chirey User ID: 1371783 173198
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I have to agree with one of the other reviews that the sour cream flavor was too overpowering. (and I only put in 1/2 a cup) I also added garlic powder to it. If I was to make it again I would leave out the sour cream and maybe add more soup. The sour cream ruined it!"

LisaKay0101 User ID: 3844223 167726
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"This is great for a quick weeknight meal"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 184721
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I made this recipe tonight and it was very good!! I used onion powder and garlic salt and instead of the topping I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top. It was excellent and I will make it again very soon!"

johnsen User ID: 2755435 116380
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"2cups of pasta al dente. very good"

zulkosky User ID: 3289852 169159
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"My family loved it, the only thing i changed was that i used French Fried Onions instead of the bread crumbs and butter,"

kittycorner User ID: 2894281 145488
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"My hubby loves this! I substituted whole wheat noodles to up the fiber. I have made it several times."

beanwabr77 User ID: 5321312 184719
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"I left out the onion (used minced onion shaker instead) and green pepper. Turned out great - tasted even better as leftovers. Will be making again soon!"

janiedes User ID: 3746525 187490
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"I have made this casserole several times. Can't believe it is possible to have a tuna noodle casserole on a diet. Even the rest of the family loved it. Leftovers keep well. I added some fresh sliced mushrooms also."

Cheryl Taylor User ID: 4987240 187878
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I fixed this recipe for 6 health conscience ladies, and they all really enjoyed and requested the recipe."

Carol39110 User ID: 1932804 173196
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"The sour cream flavor overpowered everything else in the recipe."

Jangirl User ID: 1050490 187875
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This casserole was really good - I made it for friends and they loved it. I added 2 cups of peas instead of 1, and I also added Garlic Powder and Pepper. I would definately make this again."

twinkle_toes User ID: 544493 173195
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"We enjoyed this casserole very much. Great for a weeknight supper as it comes together easily."

cocotel User ID: 2713029 187869
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"I made this exactly as the recipe stated with one exception: I used the recipe for making your own condensed soup which I read in healthy Cooking a year or two ago. It worked out perfectly but needed a bit more salt, as the homemade soup mixture is quite reduced in sodium. Other than that, it was perfect and looked just like the photo! Hubby loved it."

gypsymal User ID: 1286377 108077
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Yes, would have it with reservations. Does not fit 11x7 dish. Would decrease the noodles, add a few spices, omit the bread crumbs, add another can of tuna and see what happens."

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