November 10, 2011

Tuna Casserole

A classic tuna casserole recipe made with cream of mushroom soup, egg noodles and a buttery crouton topping.

UPDATE: Here's a better picture I took recently.  I still haven't managed to remember to take a picture of the inside, though!

Through a series of unrelated and bizarre (even for my brood) events, the supper plans I had last night were waylaid and I had to stressfully scram to pull dinner out of my ear with scant resources. Doing a quick inventory in my head, I decided I had what was needed to throw a tuna casserole together.

When I took it out of the oven, I had to smile to myself because – lowly creature that she is – she sho was purty. I quickly grabbed my camera to snap a shot about the same time that Husband comes walking in and says the following:

Husband: What stinks?

Me: Shut your face you ungrateful... It’s a tuna casserole.

Husband: Blech.

Me: You like tuna casserole. Hush before the kids hear you and I have to throttle one of them for making that ‘blech’ sound at my cooking.

Husband: I thought we were having spaghetti. I want spaghetti. Can’t you just grab a jar and…

Me [holding a 6-inch filet knife and suddenly on the verge of tears]: I'VE WORKED ALL DAY! I fed the kids breakfast, I got them dressed, I took them to school and somehow managed to get to work on time. Then I spent nine hours at a job where I'm unappreciated and underpaid. Then I picked everybody up from daycare, I took them to practice, I helped them through their homework and now I’m just trying to feed you people so I. Can. Do. It. All. Again. Tomorrow.

Husband: Um, why are you taking a picture of it?

Me: I’m not now.

Husband: Why are you holding the camera?

Me: Forget it.

Husband: Can I be in the picture?

Me: Wha???

And then I thought I was going to cry because the kids heard us laughing and wanted to get in on the fun so they wanted to have their picture taken with it too.

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Yield: 4-6 Servings

Tuna Casserole

prep time: 15 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 45 mins


  • 3 5-oz. cans of tuna, well drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2-3 boiled eggs, chopped
  • 4 cups cooked egg noodles
  • Cooking spray
  • 5 cups 1-inch bread cubes
  • 3-4 tablespoons melted butter


Add tuna, mushroom soup, salt and milk in a medium bowl and stir until combined. Fold in boiled eggs and egg noodles.

Spray the inside of a medium casserole dish with cooking spray. Fold tuna mixture into casserole dish.

Toss bread cubes with melted butter. Top tuna mixture with bread cubes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until bread cubes are golden brown.

Easily double this recipe and cook in a 13x9 casserole dish if desired.

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  1. Funny story :) I'm sure it wasn't so funny as it was happening tho! Too Bad the Facebook Spies are like aliens and men(lol)... they don't understand. In a chat session I made a comment "he was laughing so hard he had to crawl on the floor to find his dentures" LOL NOW I have Denture Ads!! I have dating sites ads with 20 yr old "senior citizens" looking for a woman HAHA

  2. I love your back stories and recipes!

  3. You are, absolutely the most hilarious blogger out there, bar none. I chuckle every time I read your stuff (and I've pinned a bunch of your recipes, too.) Keep it comin'!

  4. My Mom makes this and uses biscuits on top! You should try it! Juli :)

  5. I love adding some frozen veggies to my tuna casserole! just glad my fiancé doesn't blech usually just stomachs whatever my creation is lol I love your site btw!!

  6. this looks delish! I am new to your site, but after browsing I knew I had to order your cookbook. It will be here tomorrow, yay! And now I have to browse every single day so I can catch up

  7. It looks like it would be a delish dinner! :-)-I love your story!

  8. My family loves Tuna Noodle Casserole, especially on some Fridays during Lent. I know that you used whatever you had on hand, and your recipe is definitely a great 'base' recipe. I usually add about 1 C. of frozen peas (or peas & carrots) and a small jar of (drained) mushrooms. For the topping I use a small amount of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, sprayed w/ "ICB It's Not Butter". The rest of the casserole is pretty much the same as yours. My mom received the Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe from her cousin when she got married in 1975, and passed it on to me. I love the 'classics'.

  9. My mom was making Tuna Casserole since the 1950's. Mushroom soup, milk, noodles, and tuna. Peas on the side. Using wide or narrow egg noodles tastes the same. Yup, for Lent, too. I love this site. It is the only one I view all the time. I babysat once for a lady who had me use celery soup instead of mushroom soup.

  10. when I was married (and it could be one of the reasons I no longer am)(ha) I made what I wanted, if they didn't like it, too bad. terrible wife and mom.


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