Scratch Tuna Noodle Casserole

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

I made this tonight and my extremely picky 3 year old ate three helpings, so I'm posting it because it is solid gold! Use one slice of bread in a food processor to make about 3/4 cup of soft breadcrumbs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare pasta according to directions. Rinse and set aside.
  3. In the meantime, mix breadcrumbs and 1Tbs butter. Set aside.
  4. Melt remaining 3Tbs butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add onion and carrots. Saute 4-5 minutes until softened.
  5. Add flour and stir while it bubbles. Cook one minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Add milk, water, mustard, salt and pepper, stirring while it thickens. Cook, stirring until it thickens to the correct consistency.
  7. Remove from heat and stir-in tuna.
  8. Mix in noodles and pour everything into a 1.5-2.2 quart glass pan. Crumble breadcrumbs on top.
  9. Cook, uncovered in oven for 20 minutes.
Most Helpful

I loved this recipe. It was easy to make and loved that there wasn't tons of sodium. I added peas and fresh parsley into the cream mixture. It turned out wonderfully. I will be making this again.

OwlLily June 09, 2014

Best tuna casserole we've had. The only changes I made were adding some finely chopped celery to the carrot, onion mixture and fresh chopped parsley to the cream sauce. I used about about half the amount of butter called for. This was so much better than any recipes I've tried with creamed soup. Thanks so much for posting the recipe.

Lucky in Bayview May 05, 2013

I have been looking for a good tuna noodle casserole recipe that didn't have canned soup as the base and this is the one! It's great! I didn't use bread crumbs and it was delicious even without it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

jodathechoda January 16, 2012