Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

My mom made this often for us while I was growing up; now I make it for my family. Everyone loves it (even my fussy toddler), even those who don't usually like tuna casserole. I've made it so many times, I have the recipe memorized. Sometimes I dress it up a little by using albacore instead of regular light tuna and substituting Parmesan (not the canned kind) for the cheddar. The leftovers reheat well, too (if there are any--I usually have to make a double batch just to be sure there is some left!). It is a very forgiving recipe too; if you add more noodles or more tuna or some more veggies, it'll still be fine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425* F. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and return to pan.
  2. Meanwhile, pour soup into a small saucepan. Slowly stir in milk, a little at a time. Stir in cheese. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring often, until hot and cheese is melted; do not boil.
  3. Add tuna, onion, celery, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste to the noodles and stir together. Pour soup mixture over and mix until well-combined. Pour mixture into a 2-2 1/2 quart casserole. Top with additional shredded cheese, if desired.
  4. Place casserole in oven and bake at 425* F for 20-25 minutes, or until hot, bubbling, and lightly browned on top. Remove from oven and let set for 5-10 minutes before serving.


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I made this recipe on 9/29/11 for the " Kitchen Cupboard Event " in the Food Photo Forum,and most importantly as part of mine and my SO's dinner.Since there was just the two of us,the recipe was cut in half. And I did make a few changes and they are as follows,first rotini was was subbed for the egg noodles. Instead of celery, I used carrots and saute'd them along with the onions in a bit of margarine.And topping with the additional cheese is not an option, it's a requirement in this household. :) As far as the taste goes it was a bit different with the mayo,but in a good way. Both my SO and I think that it could have used garlic powder or something to " punch up " the seasoning factor a bit. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "

Chef shapeweaver � September 30, 2011

I made this dish on Sunday and my mother in-law loved it. Next time I plan on adding some of my favorite ingredients to the dish.

Donald Ray May 23, 2011

Made this for lunch the other day and it was a big hit. Fat free mayonnaise was also used to reduce the calories even more. For more color, I added 2 carrots chopped. I then sauteed the carrots for 3 minutes in a small amount of olive oil. Adding in the celery and onions, I sauteed until the onions were transparent. I'm looking forward making this again. Made for *Bargain Basement Tag Game January 2010*

Charlotte J May 20, 2010

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