Creamy, old fashioned Tuna Noodle Casserole. This is one of those recipes you just hold on to for life. The kind your family asks for repeatedly. The kind that saves you on a busy weeknight, but does so with warmth and love in a way only some recipes do.
This is not a new recipe. In fact, it is a very very old one. One of the first things I ever learned to cook, actually. It’s been on this blog forever here, and I have decades of memories to go with.
But a week or so ago, my daughter said that she had pulled up the post to show someone …because it is one of her favorite dinners and we eat it a couple times a month and she was sharing this with her friend. Her words: “Mom, I was horrified. Those are such phone pictures.”
…well, dear, actually they are not. They were taken with the Canon. I just didn’t know what I was doing back then. …but yes, those pictures do this dish we adore absolutely no justice.
So, here is the redo.
Normally, I would take new photos and update a post without re-publishing (I’m actually leaving the previous post up here because I think it’s pretty awful funny).
But this casserole is special to us. It deserves the love. Not because it is stellar or healthy or new. But precisely because it is old.
- 1 can solid albacore tuna packed in water, drained and flaked
- 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted (not the healthy or reduced fat ones – I’ve tried them, and they don’t work for this)
- 8 oz pasta (shells, wide egg noodles, macaroni – whatever you have on hand)
- french fried onions (see Note)
- garnish: chopped fresh parsley and Old Bay seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Cook the pasta to al dente in heavily salted water. Drain.
- In a casserole dish, combine the tuna, condensed soup, and milk using the empty soup can to measure 1 canful of milk. Stir in the cooked pasta.
- Top casserole with the onions, chips, or crushed crackers. Bake until bubbly (~30-35 min). Dust with Old Bay and sprinkle a little parsley to serve. Serves 4.
- I prefer french fried onions for topping, but I have also used goldfish crackers, crushed Club crackers, and crushed Ritz crackers. My mom always used crushed potato chips.
- Other note: Very often, I double this recipe so I get the next night off.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think! Otherwise, I’m just talking to myself here.