Best Tuna Casserole


This is a tuna casserole that even my picky family loves! The potato chips give the casserole a crunchy crust.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

This tuna casserole recipe is nostalgic, comforting, and oh-so satisfying. 

How to Make Tuna Casserole

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe with detailed instructions below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make tuna casserole: 

  1. Cook the noodles. 
  2. Mix the noodles, soup, a cup of cheese, tuna, and veggies.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Top with chips and remaining cheese.
  4. Bake until the cheese is bubbly. 

What to Serve With Tuna Casserole

You don’t necessarily need to serve tuna casserole with anything since it’s quite filling all on its own. However, a nice salad would pair well with this hearty dish. Explore our collection of Quick and Easy Side Dish Salads for delicious inspiration. 

Can You Make Tuna Casserole Ahead of Time?

Tuna casserole is easy to prepare in advance. We suggest assembling the casserole the day before you plan to serve it, covering the dish with storage wrap or foil, and storing the unbaked casserole in the fridge overnight. Bake it according to the recipe right before serving. 

How to Store Tuna Casserole

Store your leftover tuna casserole in a shallow, airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave. 

Can You Freeze Tuna Casserole?

If you plan to freeze tuna casserole, go ahead and make it in a foil pan. Allow the casserole to cool, then wrap the whole thing in storage wrap. Wrap it again in a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat in the oven or microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“My family loved it,” says Christel Thomas. “Everyone had seconds. The only change I made was to toast some bread crumbs for the topping instead of using potato chips.”

“This tuna casserole was definitely worth making and tasted even better the next day,” according to BSetterberg. “The tuna wasn't over powering and the casserole had loads of flavor. It tasted great with chips, but I plan to try crushed Ritz crackers instead next time.”“This recipe is very easy and uses ingredients that can be kept on hand for a last minute dinner,” raves one Allrecipes community member. 

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (12 ounce) package egg noodles

  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

  • 2 (5 ounce) cans tuna, drained

  • 1 cup frozen green peas

  • ½ (4.5 ounce) can sliced mushrooms

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup crushed potato chips


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    A top down view of all ingredients, prepped and measured, for the best tuna casserole.

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  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rapid boil. Cook egg noodles at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, 7 to 9 minutes; drain.

  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  4. Mix noodles, condensed soup, 1 cup cheese, tuna, peas, mushrooms, and onion in a large bowl until well combined.

    All ingredients for tuna casserole in a large mixing bowl, unmixed..

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  5. Transfer the mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

    Combined tuna mixture in a white casserole dish.

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  6. Top the mixture with crushed potato chip and remaining 1 cup of cheese.

    Tuna casserole mixture in white baking dish topped with potato chips.

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    Tuna casserole mixture in a white baking dish topped with potato chips and shredded cheddar.

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  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    An overhead view of the best tuna casserole, baked until cheesy top is melted and bubbly.

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  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

    a high angle view of a plate of the best tuna noodle casserole with the casserole dish sitting nearby



Try serving with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

595 Calories
26g Fat
58g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 595
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 1061mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 319mg 25%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 602mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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