Old Fashioned Tuna-Potato Chip Casserole

"This recipe was popular in the 60's. It was one of the first tuna casserole's and is still a great comfort food today. Easy to make and has all the things that are usually on hand. This can also be made with the same size can of chicken. Sometimes I add mushrooms and english peas."
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Ready In:


  • 1 12 cups noodles
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 12 cup milk
  • 1 (5 ounce) canned tuna, drained
  • 12 cup potato chips
  • 12 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  • Cook noodles in unsalted water.
  • Drain noodles. Mix soup, milk and tuna with noodles.
  • Add shredded cheese and onion.
  • Pour into casserole dish.
  • Crush potato chips and sprinkle on top. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees.

Questions & Replies

  1. Stupid Q but I don't understand the am of noodles per at of soup, milk and tuna?


  1. what kind of noodles are used in this recipe??? wide noodles or elbow macaroni or shells???
  2. My whole family loved this. We don't eat tuna casserole often so I was nervous about serving it. However there were no leftovers. I used lemon noodles which complemented the tuna perfectly.
  3. This is just like I remember growing up with. What I found that even made it better was using cream of mushroom soup with garlic. So good!!
  4. I put the chips on afterwards so they don’t get sofgy if there are left overs
  5. My husband ask me to make a tuna casserole like his mom’s, with potato chips. I used this recipe substituting cream of chicken soup with herbs (not a mushroom fan) and barbecue potato chips, at his request. He loved it and even went back for thirds!


  1. I put my tweaks in the note above. Lynda
  2. Thanks for posting! I know people hate it when reviewers say they liked the recipe yet changed it, but I'm going to say what I did just in case anyone else is stuck with an empty pantry like me and is curious about substitutions! I really didn't change much. Realized I had no egg or elbow noodles so I broke up and cooked some lasagna noodles instead. I do not recommend this as the ones on top hardened back up. I also used cream of chicken soup - personal preference. I used shredded mozarella, onion flakes and added a bit of garlic powder. I had no potato chips so I substituted oyster crackers. Other than the noodles being overcooked this was REALLY good! Can't wait to try it with real chips tho' :)


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