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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch


This from-scratch tuna casserole is full of homemade flavor—nothing artificial or processed! It will become a family favorite.

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  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) package uncooked medium egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon each thyme
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • Splash white wine
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan
  • 1/4 package cream cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • Suggestion: Double Recipe for 9x13-inch dish


Servings 6
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 75mins
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a medium baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter or cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion, celery, thyme, nutmeg, crushed red pepper, garlic, splash of white wine and cook 5 minutes, until tender. Increase heat to medium-high, and mix in mushrooms. Continue to cook and stir 5 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan, and whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk. Add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Parmesan and continue cooking 5 minutes, until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in tuna, peas, mushroom mixture, and cooked noodles. Transfer to the baking dish. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small bowl, mix with bread crumbs, and sprinkle over the casserole. Top with left over cheese.

Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly browned.

Suggestion: Double Recipe for 9x13-inch dish

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