Grandma's Tuna Casserole

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I know it sounds bonkers, but trust me, this tuna casserole is one of the yummiest things ever. A comfort food bonanza! Before this, Grandma had never written out this recipe. She doesn't measure anything when cooking this, but it must be tasted throughout.

Tuna Casserole with cheese
1
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces egg noodles

  • 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, drained and flaked, or more to taste

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ½ cup milk, divided

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix (such as Lipton®)

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste

  • teaspoon seasoned salt (such as LAWRY'S®), or more to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces, divided

  • 8 ounces ridged potato chips (such as Ruffles®)

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (Optional)

Directions

  1. 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.

  2. Mix cooked noodles with tuna, sour cream, 1/4 cup milk, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, seasoned salt, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

  3. Lay 1/2 of the butter across the bottom of a 2-quart, microwave-safe casserole dish. Crush potato chips, then sprinkle 1/4 of the crushed chips over the bottom and press to flatten.

  4. Spread the tuna-noodle mixture in a single layer over the crushed chips. Layer with 1/2 of the mozzarella, 2/3 of the remaining chips, followed by the remaining butter, chips, milk, and mozzarella.

  5. Microwave on high until casserole is hot and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

A reduced amount of garlic salt can be used in place of garlic powder, if preferred.

You can cook this in the oven instead of the microwave. Cook at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until chips are golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

412 Calories
18g Fat
48g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 540mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 527mg 11%

* 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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