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Tuna ‘n’ Pea Casserole

Turn to this recipe when you want a tuna casserole that's a little different—the horseradish adds extra flavor. This dish is a tried-and-true favorite in our family, and it never fails. —Jackie Smulski, Lyons, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, milk, horseradish, dill and pepper. Stir in the peas, mushrooms, onion, pimientos and tuna.
  • Drain noodles; stir into soup mixture. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Toss bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 505 calories, 25g fat (5g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1196mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • SharonScanlan
    May 16, 2020

    Excellent! My husband usually finds tuna casserole too boring but we both really liked this! I added red pepper instead of pimientos. You could add any veggie and it would be good. The horseradish and dill really do make a difference!

  • PrplMonky5
    Nov 29, 2017

    Quick, easy, and delicious! The horseradish really makes this different from other tuna noodle casseroles. Do NOT skip it! I cut the recipe in half and left out the mushrooms (but still used the mushroom soup). I'm interested in trying this with other kinds of soup next time. I also skipped the pimientos and did yellow bell pepper instead! I feel like it actually could have used a tad more noodles and just a bit more bread crumbs on top. I'd make this again with very minor tweaks.Update: I tried it with cream of celery soup. I would NOT recommend that.

  • sjpoor
    Apr 5, 2017

    Tried this last night and it was very good. The only thing I added were two hard boiled eggs, because I had them on hand. I can honestly say I haven't made tuna casserole for probably 40 years but for some reason was hungry for it yesterday. This is definitely a keeper. I did saute the onion before adding it to the mix. I tend to try any recipe that has horseradish and dill in it because they add so much spark to a recipe. I wanted to use some 2013 tuna and this was a good way to use it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with cans that have "expired" unless they bulge at the top. Will definitely make this again soon.

  • artless
    Jan 3, 2017

    Very good recipe for Tuna Casserole--Horseradish and dill definitely give this dish a refreshingly new twist on a traditional comfort food. Tho the flavor is good it is a bit on the mild side, leaning too heavily on the noodles, requiring a little tweaking.Also I had to increase cooking time by 20 mins to reach the 'bubbly in center' degree of doneness--this with a 2" depth of casserole in my baking dish.Next time I would decrease noodles some, which might concentrate the flavor a bit. I'd increase the amount of buttered bread crumbs (homemade is best) to double or triple the 1/4 cup asked for, add more pimentos, and yes, as someone else said-- a good dash of salt.P.S. The horseradish only gives it a nice tart direction such as lemon might do, not heat at all, surprisingly. --artless

  • 603linda
    Nov 15, 2016

    Made this the other night and I thought it was great. Don't leave out the horseradish or dill because that is where the flavor comes from. The horseradish does not make it hot, only gives flavor. Will be making this again.

  • sgerchy
    Sep 22, 2016

    mscarole39 - I always use low-salt tuna and find that it is a lot less fishy-tasting.

  • pggbutler
    Sep 21, 2016

    I love this casserole. I have made it since my Girl Scout days 60 years ago (minus the horseradish & dill). We called it "Tuna Wiggle." It works just as well in my home oven as a Dutch oven on a campfire. A true comfort dish.

  • dzz1qy
    May 4, 2015

    Very good

  • luigimon
    Dec 6, 2014

    My new go to for tuna casserole! Loved this, excellent flavor, though I did add some salt. Yum!

  • AWayOfLife
    Oct 18, 2014

    This is a great recipe for tuna casserole. The next time I make, I will saute the onions first before adding. I also added some cheddar cheese. I used fresh mushrooms. It was wonderful. I will make it many times.