Grandma Smith's Tuna Casserole

"This is an easy to make creamy pasta dish, that I usually have all the ingredients for on hand. It is comfort food at it's best! My Grandma Smith raised 10 children on this recipe and my 3 year old loves it, very kid-friendly. I usually use whole wheat pasta for extra fiber and nutrition."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Combine all ingredients except potato chips in a large bowl in order written.
  • Then put in a 9x13-inch baking dish and top with crushed potato chips if desired. (We like the topping).
  • Bake at 375°F for about 45 minutes.

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  1. I really like this recipe. The grated carrots in it are a plus. With the mayonnaise, it is very creamy and doesn't get dried out. This is a winner!
  2. OMG, I love this. No one else in the family likes tuna, so I halved the recipe. I'm going to limit this to twice a year...I think I'm addicted. I had it for breakfast this morning! I left out the carrots and celery, but that's just personal preference. I want to say thank you but...why have you done this to me? :) :)
  3. A little different taste from my usual tuna casserole; creamier and richer. We all liked it. Husband wants cheese added to topping next time. Son loved it but felt a little guilty enjoying all that fat. 18 month old grandson liked it so much he dug in with both hands and smeared some on his face just for good measure. For my part I kept sampling as I was trying to cover up left overs to put away. Need a really big bowl to mix this up in. Will definitely make this again.
  4. This recipe did not go over well at our house. I think it was just too creamy. I only used 3/4 cup of the sour cream and the mayo and if I were to make this again, I would use even less..or maybe just one can of cream soup. I liked the addition of the carrots and the celery and the frozen peas. I actually used a frozen veggie combination and thought it was a good substitiution. Just a bit too heavy. A family that likes really creamy tuna casserole would love this recipe. Thanks akgrown.


I am the wife of my wonderful husband John and the mother of 3 boys, Zander 5yrs, Asher 2 1/2yrs, and Tiernan 10 months. We live in and love Alaska. I love to hike and camp and go running in the mountains. I work part time as a hairstylist in a little salon in my home. I also enjoy scrap-booking, photography, and reading a really good book(my latest was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer). And I love to cook, especially bake! How I rate recipes: 5 Stars - This recipe is perfect. I would recommend it to others and would definitely make again. 4 Stars - This recipe was good but I would change something in it next time. 3 Stars - This is a recipe I would not make again, but it was ok. 2 Stars - I would not make this recipe again and we didn't like it at all. 1 Star - This recipe did not work out or the taste was unappealing and I wouldn't make it again.
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