Creamy Tuna-Noodle Casserole Recipe
- 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.
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.
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.
Reviews for Creamy Tuna-Noodle Casserole
"I used regular cream soup and regular sour cream. Yum!"
"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 part...no going back to soup-can-casserole for this me!"
"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."
"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."
"Great recipe !"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Good recipe, Changed Canned Tuna for Canned chicken"
"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."
"Nice, basic and quick meal. I, too, thought it could have used a little more sauce."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!!! :)"
"Made this with roast chicken instead of tuna and corn and carrots instead of peas. It was delicious!"
"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!"
"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!"
"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"
"Very creamy and filling. Also very easy to make. This is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!"
"It was just OK. Not a lot of flavor. I liked the crunch of the green pepper but celery would have been good too."
"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."
"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!"
"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!!"
"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!!"
"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."
"Absolutely delicious! I can't believe it is lower in fat and calories."
"I make double and freeze half.(cook egg noodles less for freezing) I also omit the green peppers since I don't like them.."
"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."
"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!"
"Added 1t dill, cheddar cheese, & red pepper flakes to give it a little more flavor."
"it was great, generous helpings, I exchanged the green pepper for celery (since I had it on hand)"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"This is great for a quick weeknight meal"
"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!"
"2cups of pasta al dente. very good"
"My family loved it, the only thing i changed was that i used French Fried Onions instead of the bread crumbs and butter,"
"My hubby loves this! I substituted whole wheat noodles to up the fiber. I have made it several times."
"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!"
"I fixed this recipe for 6 health conscience ladies, and they all really enjoyed and requested the recipe."
"The sour cream flavor overpowered everything else in the recipe."
"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."
"We enjoyed this casserole very much. Great for a weeknight supper as it comes together easily."
"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."
"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."