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Aug 09 2018
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12:25 PM MDT

Tuna Noodle Casserole (Favorite Childhood Recipe Series)

Aug 09, 2018 @ 12:25 PM MDT
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tuna noodle casserole is one of our favorite childhood recipes – Here, pouring ingredients into the baking dish

Love nostalgic Tuna Noodle Casserole?

For this series, we asked Hip2Save Facebook readers to weigh in on their favorite childhood recipes. Spoiler alert: Tuna Noodle Casserole was the most popular response!

The good news is, this classic dish is super easy to make any night of the week and requires inexpensive pantry ingredients.

tuna noodle casserole is one of our favorite childhood recipes – Stirring ingredients in a bowl prior to baking

The result is creamy casserole perfection!

Everyone may have their own version of tuna noodle casserole. This is the one my family loves featuring egg noodles, cheddar cheese, peas, and crispy onions on top. The pasta is perfectly creamy, and the onions add the perfect crunch on top, but you could always use breadcrumbs if preferred.

Hip Tip: Not a tuna fan? Substitute with canned or leftover shredded chicken.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Creamy pasta mixed with chunks of tuna, peas, and topped with crunchy fried onions! YUM!

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes


Cook Time: 25 minutes



  • 6 oz. dried wide noodles
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2- 5 oz. cans tuna, drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1/2 cup crispy onions


  • Step 1:

    Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook noodles according to package directions on the stove. Drain.

  • Step 2:

    Mix together cooked noodles, soup, tuna, milk, cheese, and peas.

  • Step 3:

    Pour mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish.

  • Step 4:

    Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered. Top with crispy onions and bake for another 5 minutes. Let cool and serve warm.

Additional Notes

Loosely adapted from Better Homes & Gardens: New Cookbook 

tuna noodle casserole is one of our favorite childhood recipes – The cooked casserole on a plate

My family loves this retro dish!

So personally I did not grow up eating too many casseroles as a child, but I came to love them after marrying someone from the Midwest! 🙂 When we were first married, I was looking for easy meal ideas, and my hubby’s mom gave me this easy recipe as it was his favorite. I LOVE a great casserole now, and this is definitely one of our favs! ❤️

tuna noodle casserole is one of our favorite childhood recipes – Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book

Do you own The New Cook Book?

This Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe is loosely based on the one featured in the classic Better Home & Gardens: The New Book. If you enjoy cooking classic dishes, or are a beginner cook,  I definitely recommend this one! I bought a version when I got married and it’s definitely one of my favorite cookbooks to refer to. I use the waffle recipe, mac and cheese recipe, salad dressings, cake and frosting recipes, and more!

Have a favorite recipe you grew up with?

Get nostalgic with us and share your favorite childhood dish or something that your parents or grandparents made that you LOVED! We will be sharing lots more ideas in the future for this FUN recipe series.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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