Best Ever Tuna Noodle Casserole

"This is a recipe my entire family loves! It's requested at least once a week and for Birthday suppers. The recipe came from the mother of one of my childhood friends, who made some of the best food. If I'm making a double batch, I make it with cream of chicken and celery soups together."
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  • 10 12 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 12 cup mayonnaise
  • 14 cup milk
  • 12 cup diced yellow onion
  • 12 cup diced celery
  • 6 ounces albacore tuna
  • 6 ounces cooked egg noodles
  • 14 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper


  • Mix the cream of chicken, mayonnaise and milk together in a large bowl.
  • Add the diced celery and onion.
  • Fold in the tuna, followed by the cooked egg noodles and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Place in a casserole dish. Cook at 375 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, just until the top starts to brown.

Questions & Replies

  1. What size casserole dish for the recipe as shown?
  2. Do you drain the tuna, or add the tuna with the water it came in?
  3. What sz casserole dish and a quarter what of cheese? And really only 6oz of noodles?
  4. Thanks for this recipe! I have made terrible Tuna Casserole my whole life and it's disappointing, I really LIKE tuna casserole. I think it's the Mayo, it made all the difference! Now do Meatloaf- it's worse than my casserole, really awful and I don't know why
  5. I assume I drain the tuna first??


  1. I have made this several times and it is easy and delicious. My picky 7 year old likes it. In response to the person who thinks this is "nasty" and indirectly called the person who created it "lazy"... dramatically calling something "nasty" is not constructive feedback. Everyone has their own opinion as to what tastes good. Disagreeing with someone's choice of ingredients doesn't make them lazy, it just means they enjoy something that you don't. The ingredients in this recipe are not a reflection of their character and there was no need for a personal attack. Maybe that was not your intention, but that is the way people are perceiving it. Chances are you don't care, but I had to speak up because I wouldn't want someone doing that to me. "Do to others as you would have them do to you" -Luke 6:31
  2. I've made this twice and very pleased with it. I don't understand anyone referring to this as "nasty". Perhaps her real issue is with her husbands "ex" and it tends to make her bitter toward anything delicious or pleasant. A quick prayer for her bitterness and a "thank you" for sharing this recipe......DELICIOUS !
  3. Made this casserole for supper tonight with a few twists. Added a can of drained peas to casserole and added 2 cups of crushed potato chips mixed with a cup of cheddar cheese to the top for the last 20 minutes of bake time. Excellent! We all loved it. Saved to my recipe box.
  4. Oh my goodness. This is the best tuna and noodles I have ever had. I have always just "dumped" ingredients into my casserole. But following this recipe made it wonderful. I think the mayo makes a world of difference. Its rich and creamy. We will use your recipe often, cheap and easy to throw together. Thank you for sharing this yummy dish with us.
  5. Great recipe! A double recipe is perfect for a 9 x 13 pan. I sauteed the onion and celery a bit before adding it, and used the monterey jack/colby shredded cheese blend. For noodles, I used the Pennsylvania Dutch thin kluski egg noodles. Don't be afraid to substitute low-fat ingredients -- I used low-fat mayo, skim milk and low-fat cheese, and it still tastes delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!


  1. TO SAVE ON WASHING UP: Cook the noodles first and set them aside. Then you can saute the onion and celery in the same pot until they're softened. Also, mix up the sauce in the casserole and you won't have to clean up a separate bowl. MINOR INGREDIENT ADDITIONS: Saute onion and celery to soften them Add 1/4 cup sour cream Shredded 6-cheese Italian cheese was excellent if you don't have cheddar on hand Sprinkle plain bread crumbs on top and dot them with butter. Also: The oven was fine at 350 for just 10-5 minutes, since there's no need to do much more than heat it together.
  2. I use 2 cans tuna and add peas. Add French's canned onion rings during last 5 minutes of baking.
  3. Saute onions and celery for 5 minutes before adding to soup mixture.
  4. More cheese :)
  5. 1/2 Mayo and 1/2 sour cream. 3 parts cream of chicken, 1 part cream of celery, peas, extra cheddar cheese and lays on top with sliced butter for browning. Delish!


I've lived in the Midwest my entire life, but do enjoy traveling when possible. My Hubby and I plan most trips around where the best places to eat are located. I have a daugher, son, and step-son; all under the age of 10. I currently train new employees for a corporation.
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