Tuna-Noodle Casserole


Modernize this traditional family dinner dish with our Tuna-Noodle Casserole recipe. This home style meal is updated by incorporating a variety of savory vegetables, spices and soft bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to make it the new tradition at your family dinner table.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 3 cup dried wide noodles (about 5 ounces)

  • ¼ cup butter or margarine

  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)

  • ¾ cup chopped red sweet pepper (1 medium)

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 ¼ cup milk

  • 1 12 ounce can chunk white tuna (water-pack), drained and broken into chunks, or two 5-ounce pouches chunk light tuna in water, drained

  • ½ cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) or soft bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large saucepan cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; return noodles to pan.

  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan melt the 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Add celery, sweet pepper, and onion; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour, mustard, salt, and black pepper. Add milk all at once; cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly, whisking to remove any lumps if necessary.

  3. Gently stir sauce and tuna into cooked noodles in large saucepan. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-quart casserole. In a small bowl combine panko, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and the 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle over noodle mixture.

  4. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

    Tuna-Noodle Casserole
    Andy Lyons

Cheesy Tuna-Noodle Casserole:

Prepare as above, except add 1 cup cheddar cheese cubes (4 ounces) to the noodles with the tuna.

Salmon-Noodle Casserole:

Prepare as above, except substitute two 6-ounce cans skinless, boneless salmon, drained, for the tuna.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

513 Calories
23g Fat
41g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 986mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 38.4mg 192%
Calcium 262.5mg 20%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 641mg 14%
Folate, total 116.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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