Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 8 servings


Convenient comfort food at its very best. This Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole is a comforting option for any weeknight or weekend meals.


  • 6 cups (about 8 oz.) dry medium egg noodles, prepared according to package directions
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans (9 oz. each) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2 cans (10 oz. each) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2/3 cup crushed potato chips


PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

MELT butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in noodles, tuna, soup and evaporated milk; mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with potato chips.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until chips are golden brown.

Good Light Lunch

by R. Rita , Detroit, MI on Jun. 2010

This dish made a good light lunch. I did not want anything heavy and it met the requirement. Good flavor.

Better then mine

by C. Christine , Thornton, CO on Mar. 2010

I've had a recipe, sort of, that I have used for years. I found this one and decided to try something new. I was kind of surprised how much I liked it. I'm pretty sure I'll be using it from now on.


by L. Lori , Bowling Green, OH on Mar. 2010

I made this for dinner tonight, but I made some substitutions and omitted some ingredients. Everyone liked it. Instead of the mushroom soup, I used 2 cans of cream of shrimp soup. I thought the shrimp and tuna flavors would go nicely together, and I'm not a fan of mushrooms. I used 2 cans of 1% milk instead of evaporated milk to cut calories. I omitted the veggies and potato chips. I used a 2 1/2 inch block of cheese, first cutting it into slices and then cubing it. I also used 3 cans of tuna and then crushed a few crackers for the top. I was looking for a recipe without using a white sauce for the base. I will definitely make this again, maybe without the topping.

Real Comfort Food

by B. B. , on Dec. 2009

Really good recipe, although I added a hand full of frozen peas along with the other vegetables. Freezes really well for a smaller family.

Creamy Tuna Casserole

by P. Patti , Rockledge, FL on Oct. 2009

I read all the available reviews before I made out my grocery list. I added mushrooms, cheese, the golden mushroom soup along with cream of mushroom and the rest of the recipe. Thanks for the suggestions! I doubled the ingredients to freeze some and give some away. We enjoyed everything about this recipe and it was so easy to make. There are only two of us to feed so this went a long way! Hubby asked to take in his lunch tomorrow too.

Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

by S. Sandra , Metlakatla, Alaska on Oct. 2009

Quick and very easy........great tasting.


by S. Sharon , St. Louis Missouri on Sep. 2009

I hadn't made tuna casserole in years. My teenage daughter had never had tuna casserole and I wasn't sure if she would eat it but she did. The recipe was good but next time I will add a can of peas as this was what I put in my very first tuna casserole. I also used cream of chicken soup as we do not like mushrooms.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

by C. Carolyn , Columbia, TN on Aug. 2009

I've always made my own version of this, but I actually never thought of sauteing celery and onions, but always used mixed veggies of some sort. What a difference this is to what we're used to! Soon I will make a large dish of this and add BOTH the mixed veggies and the celery/onions. Also, using evaporated milk in place of regular milk adds additional richness of flavor. The only change I made was to use whole grain noodles, which adds more fiber but doesn't change the taste.

Creamy tuna noodle casserole

by D. Daryl , Santa Monica, CA on Aug. 2009

Very good and healthy. You can substitute 1 can of cream of celery soup with 1 can of cream of mushroom soup together for the 2 cans and add 1 package frozen peas to add volume.

Better Than Most

by M. Maggie , Waupaca, WI on Jul. 2009

A different spin on Tuna Casserole.Easy and fast.