By PanNan on December 27, 2004
Photo by MsSally
Photo by MsSally
"This recipe is as easy as making a box of macaroni and cheese (almost), and it's a one dish comfort meal. I've been making this as long as I can remember, and don't think I ever had a recipe for it. When I made it this week, I looked to see if it was posted, and I could only find recipes with "cream of whatever" soup or sour cream, and most of them required baking in the oven. This recipe is creamy and delicious from the simple bechamel (white) sauce. This is a flexible recipe, too. I love to use a generous amount of a mixed pepper blend, freshly ground, for seasoning because I don't like bland food. I've also used lemon pepper seasoning, and/or freshly snipped chives and parsley. It's up to you to choose your favorite seasoning or herbs to go nicely with the tuna. Tuna noodle casserole is one of the most popular American casseroles, and is common is any region of the U.S."
Serving Size: 1 (326 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"This was a great and easy recipe! Fast to fix, easy to adapt, and, best of all, my 5-year old daughter, who is a very picky eater, loved it so much that she ate it all up without I or my wife having to tell her to "eat her food"!!! The only changes I made were replacing the noodles with wheat penne pasta, adding 1/4 tsp of dried garlic, and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese in the end. I didn't use pepper either, since my child doesn't like it. Thank you so much for a great-tasting recipe! Saulo"
"I always used to love the tuna noodle my Mom used to fix. But I've decided that I don't ever want to make any recipe that calls for a can of "Cream of Crap" soup. This recipe tasted just as good as Mom's without the crappy soup!! Loved it!! Cheap and easy, great for a weeknight. Thanks!!"
"This was pretty simple to whip together. I cut the recipe in half and baked in an 8x8 dish at 350 for about 15-20 mins. I put a little layer of crushed chips on top. I skipped the peas and instead of salt and pepper I used Old Bay Seasoning and a dash of cayenne pepper. Very yummy! I think next time I make this I may add in some minced dill pickle or some dill relish."
"Thank you so much for the explicit directions for making a white sauce. I've never been sure how to do it and don't want to spoil the ingredients so I go on just using canned soup which often is not that good. Now I feel more confident and will try this recipe soon and check out the rest of PN's recipes."
"I followed this recipe, although I had trouble getting the second cup of milk to thicken, so I would probably only use 1.5 cups of milk total next time. It was bland but that was just what we wanted tonight. Next time I'll probably go through my spices to see what I can do to pick it up (minced onion or mushroom? garlic? roasted ancho chili?), unless it's another night when I want calm and simple that settles well. I especially like the technique with the peas! I can taste a bitter flavor if frozen peas are cooked for some time, and this was delicious for the peas! Thanks!"
"I tried this recipe and found it simple and tasty. What I object to is reviewers completely changing the recipe ingredients and cooking technigue (this is a stove top recipe - not baked in an 8 x 8 dish in the oven). You cannot rate a recipe that you have not followed. Also, the person who called cream of soups "crappy" should have kept her/his comments to himself and less crude. There is nothing wrong with a good creamed soup either homemade or canned."
"This was great. I loved that it didn't use canned soup and that it was so quick to make. I added 2.5 tsp chicken bouillon powder and omitted the salt. I found there wasn't enough sauce so I'd use 6oz next time. It tastes great topped with parmesan cheese. Thanks for the great recipe!"
"It was good! I added spinach once the sauce thickened and grated cheddar at the end. Used dry thyme."
"Tried tonight for supper. The method is nice, but sometimes it also nice to be able to prep a casserole once and then warm up when ready to eat. Flavorwise this was just alright."
"Very simple and satisfying meal! By making it with 1 percent milk and "fat free half and half", I ended up with a rich tasting sauce which did not add loads of fat and calories. As we are on a low-fat/sugar/sodium/acid diet, this worked great. It will appear regularly in the dinner rotation!"
"Quick go to mac and cheese recipe without cheese! Yay! Substituted spinach for peas and used fresh parsley. :)"
"I loved this recipe. I had great taste and it was easy to prepare. My kids enjoyed this too. I will make again, I really like the sauce for this.....yummy. Thank you for sharing with us."
"I just made this for tonight's dinner. I wanted to use up some leftover chicken, so I will admit I cheated and used that instead of tuna, but this is such a good basic recipe you could add lots of different "leftover" meats. I think it would taste good with ham too. I did cook some onion, green pepper and celery too before adding the flour and milk. I was inspired by your suggestion to spice it up, and also added little bits of leftover frozen veggies too!, red pepper flakes and a tad of parmesan cheese. This is a good solid recipe for lots of quick dinner ideas!"
"Followed the recipe exactly, and added a good deal of spices (dill, parsley, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder and some celery salt), then cooked it on the stove, transferred it to a casserole dish and topped it with some shredded cheese. Unfortunately, we also found it awfully bland. But by the time we made this discovery we had all already taken a bite out of our servings, so I came up with a quick fix, that made the dish EXTREMELY delicious (and the kiddos even asked for seconds - actually, my son begged for thirds). To each person's serving I added about a tablespoon of mayo and a good amount of fresh ground pepper. I know it sounds weird, and my kids sure made plenty of faces at the idea, but it turned this dish into something spectacular."
"Love this! My husband hates sour cream and mayo, which is usually a component of every other tuna casserole recipe I've ever found in the past so he absolutely loved this. My picky 2 yo son loved it as well. Thank you!"
"This base recipe is my favorite for Tuna Noodle. What a great "What can I make tonight???" meal! I keep the peas separate and don't add all the seasonings, and my bland food loving children devour it. I use skim milk most of the time and it still turns out great, though not as creamy."
"This was very, very good. I know this was a "stove top" tuna casserole, but I put it in the oven anyway, but before I did I crushed up a few potato chips put in on top of the casserole and then I sprinkled it with some cheddar cheese. Mmmm... So good. Just like when I was a kid. I also liked this recipe b/c you make your own sauce and dont use a "cream of whatever" soup. Wonderful, delish, and easy!!"
"This is not as good as baked tuna noodle, but it works in a pinch. One thing I did differently was to add the seasonings to the roux with the flour. I also added some sharp cheddar cheese to the sauce and I think these two changes enhanced the flavor."