Tuna Noodle Casserole

The weather is warming up here, so my comfort food phase is coming to a close.
Mention the words, “tuna noodle casserole,” to someone, and you’re likely to get one of two reactions: dreamy rememberance or utter disgust. It’s a love it or hate it thing – no middle ground. I’m a sucker for anything with pasta, so I fall into the former group. The combination of noodles, veggies, and a creamy homemade sauce makes this dish irresistable. I upped the veggie content and lowered the amount of butter from the original recipe. I sprinkled some cheese on top, but it nearly burned by the time the casserole was done. I nixed it from the recipe.

Adapted from allrecipes.com

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole


8 oz egg noodles (I like skinny)
2 celery stalks, chopped
½ medium onion, finely chopped
1 leek, peeled and sliced into thin strips
1 garlic clove, minced
8 oz mushrooms, chopped
½ c frozen peas
12 oz can chunk light tuna in water, drained
3 Tbs butter
¼ c flour
2 c milk (lowfat is fine)
A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbs butter
¾ c panko crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter a medium baking dish (3 quart works fine).
  2. Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 8 minutes, until al dente. Drain.
  3. Melt 1 Tbs butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the celery, onion, leek, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, until tender. Add mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Melt 2 Tbs butter in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk and continue cooking 5 minutes, until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tuna, peas, mushroom mixture, and noodles. Transfer to baking dish. Melt the 3 Tbs butter in a small bowl, mix with panko crumbs, and sprinkle over the casserole.
  5. Bake 25 minutes in oven, or until bubbly and lightly browned.


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Sweet Comments:

  1. Looks great, but then I’m one of the people who love tuna noodle. My husband on the other hand hates it so I only make it when he is on a business trip LOL I’ll have to bookmark this for the next time he leaves.

  2. I was just reading your DB post when I saw this one just below it. My kids just asked me yesterday to make a noodle casserole soon – this sounds like it could be the perfect recipe for them!

  3. I was just about to prepare everything for cooking this casserole today and realized that you mention garlic in the directions but not in the recipe. How much garlic do I have to add?

  4. Ooh, sorry about the garlic omission. It was just one clove, minced. I’ll fix that in the post.

  5. I made this today and even though I didn’t have the garlic information yet, I added 1 clove… We all loved this dish, except for my son who was throwing a tantrum about the mushrooms. But my girls asked for more!

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