Ready for an amazing casserole recipe? The classic tuna casserole recipe is all grown up with sautéed mushrooms, Colby jack cheese, fried onions and more. You’ll never turn your nose up at tuna noodle casserole again!
Does anyone else remember the days of tuna noodle casserole being served for dinner? It was that famous blue box, a can of peas and a can of tuna. I loved my Mom but God bless her she could not cook so needless to say, we ate a lot of blue box and tuna for dinner.
I can’t even eat the blue box by itself these days for this reason.
How to Make Tuna Noodle Casserole
Part of the reason why is that these days, my tastes are a bit more complicated. I love food and when I eat, I want plenty of flavor; especially when I make a tuna noodle casserole recipe.
Aside from that, when I found out that I am sensitive to the chemicals that we use everyday, I had to get rid of most boxed things period and realized that I needed to stop buying as much as we could and making things homemade instead (Six Dollar Family).
That’s perfectly okay with me though though because it means that the days of boxed mac and cheese and tuna are gone for good!
Is Tuna Noodle Casserole a Kid-Friendly Recipe?
In place of the canned peas and blue box place is this amazing homemade tuna noodle casserole recipe! I love that it’s so versatile in that I can use tuna, chicken or turkey! It has become one of our favorite casserole recipes hands down and I am sure it will become one of yours too!
And yes! If you have kids, this recipe is also kid friendly. You may need to pick out the mushrooms or friend onions if yours don’t like them, but they will eat the rest of it right up!
and that my friends, is a tried and true statement. My Emma has always considered this one of her favorite recipes that I make!
Can I make this tuna noodle casserole with chicken or turkey?
If you don’t like the taste of tuna, you can totally make this with chicken or turkey. I like to swap this yummy tuna casserole recipe with my chicken noodle soup recipe (Six Dollar Family) – that I use turkey for most of the time – on my menu plan (Six Dollar Family) quite a bit. They’re both amazing!
I hate casserole recipes that I can’t change up. Honestly, tuna is not one of my favorite foods so I love that this casserole recipe tastes just as great with chicken or turkey! It’s filled with yummy Colby cheese, tasty french fried onions (Amazon) and Bella mushrooms to really dress up the flavor and oh boy does it!
Can you freeze tuna noodle casserole?
Yes! This casserole recipe is freezer friendly too! If you’re planning on freezing it, use a 8 x 8 foil baking pan with lid like THESE (Amazon). Make the tuna noodle casserole recipe as written but stop before adding the french fried onions and freeze instead.
It’s super simple!
How to Reheat Tuna Noodle Casserole?
To cook your frozen tuna noodle casserole, thaw completely before you bake it. Add the french fried onions after it’s thawed and bake as directed. Whether you freeze it or not, this tuna casserole recipe really does come together for a cheap family meal very quickly!
- Sharp Kitchen Knife (Amazon)
- Mesh Strainer or Colander (Amazon)
- 8×8 baking dish (Amazon)
- large fry pan (Amazon)
- medium/large stock pot (Amazon)
Grown Up Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe
- Kitchen Knife
- Mesh Strainer or Colander
- Large Fry Pan
- Medium or Large Stockpot
- 8×8 Baking Pan
- 1-2 cans tuna drained or 3 cups shredded chicken or turkey breast
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ large white onion diced
- 3-4 mini Bella mushrooms washed and sliced
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ½ c sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can mushroom soup 10.5 oz
- ¾ c milk
- 8 oz any pasta your preference
- 1 c Colby jack cheese shredded
- 1 c french fried onions
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees then slice the mushrooms and dice the onions. Lightly grease your baking dish with cooking spray.
- Start water for pasta. While the water is heating, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add the onions and mushrooms and saute until the onions are translucent. After the onions are done, cook pasta until al dente (7 minutes or so).
- Add the mushroom soup, cream cheese, sour cream, milk and garlic powder to the frying pan and heat until it’s hot. Season with salt and pepper to your tastes once it’s all warmed up.
- Drain the pasta well and add to the pan and stir to mix. Make sure your pasta gets covered well.
- Once you’ve mixed the pasta well, add the tuna (make sure it is well drained) or cooked chicken to your pan and mix it all up again. Pour the mixture into your baking dish.
- Add the shredded cheese on top.
- Sprinkle the french fried onions on top.
- Bake at 375° F for 10 minutes or just until the onions are golden brown. Serve hot.