Is there a more comforting, affordable and heart-warming dish that reminds you more of your childhood than a piping hot and soothingly creamy tuna noodle casserole?
When you finally had to come inside after playing in the snow and bitter cold from making snowmen and snow angels in the front yard.
Taking off boots, mittens, scarves, layers of extra clothing, and wet socks.
Standing on the heat register to bring warmth and life back into your frozen toes….and the wonderful aromas of a comforting casserole filling the house making your tummy growl!
I love dishes that wrap you like a warm, flannel blanket and take you back to simpler times, when life was slower and we didn’t seem to have as many worries.
And that’s just what this classic dish promises.
Delicious, uncomplicated, humble goodness.
I have several tuna casseroles on my blog already, my “Grown-Up Tuna Casserole Alfredo with Asiago, Kale & Cremini Mushrooms” and my “Kid-Approved Super Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole with Fresh Broccoli, Mushrooms, Celery & Onions“.
So, I thought that it was about time that I shared my old-fashioned, old-school, just plain and simple classic one that’s a favorite, and has still stood the test of time.
Everything that you’d expect in a classic tuna casserole that never lets our hearts and tummies down. 🙂
Simple-Simon pantry items all come together to create this easy weeknight meal that doesn’t require 3 stores and a small loan to make! I actually needed nothing as I had everything that I needed to make this already on hand!
I’m betting you do, too! 😉
If you’ve got milk, mayo, a can of tuna, a can of cream of mushroom soup, some noodles, frozen peas, fresh celery and onions, a little cheese and a handful of regular ol’ potato chips – – you’ve got dinner! 😀
I also like to add sliced mushrooms. (Canned, jarred or fresh. Whatever I happen to have.) And if I have a can of sliced water chestnuts, in they go, too! I lOVE the little bit of crunch that they give! 😀
I cannot even tell you how much we enjoy this simple casserole. I swear I could eat this once a week and never tire of it!
So creamy, hearty, and just plain comforting to the soul. Sweet baby peas baked into the casserole unthawed help to keep their pop and never become little balls of shriveled mush, and the topping of crushed potato chips adds extra fun, too!
The hubs and I could’ve easily scarfed this dish down in just 4 servings, but we behaved ourselves and got 6 servings that were just fine. Although I had to HIDE it in the back fridge!
If you have a large family, you’ll definitely want to double this and bake in 2 pans or a large lasagna pan for sure! 😉
So, if you’re in need of a little TLC, this casserole will fix just about anything. 😉
Even frozen toes and noses! 🙂
Old-School Tuna Noodle Casserole with Potato Chips 'n Peas
Sunday 4th of November 2018
I thank you for your tuna casserole recipe.Never in my life I'm 61years old I heard it nor ate it. My boyfriend always say his mom made best tuna casserole.But old school tuna was the better then his mom...So I looked it up came across your reason was the word old school tuna...so this must be it.Going to try wish me luck let you know if the same old school teast...
Saturday 13th of October 2018
Can I make this ahead of time and freeze it before final cooking
Monday 30th of July 2018
Thank you Kelly, you've taken me back to the mid-50's to the kitchen of a friend's mother. Tonight, through your recipe, we shall return to the days of long ago. Just reading it and tasting it in my mind tells me it will be great. Thank you again. Cheers!
Tuesday 23rd of January 2018
This tuna casserole was super yummo!! It was so nice to use some leftover ingredients that I needed to use. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.
Thursday 2nd of November 2017
I made this dish last night and it was absolutely delicious! I will always make it this way, from now on. Sauteing the celery and onion, beforehand, adds so much savoriness. The mayo adds extra creaminess. I added pimentos and used Parmesan cheese, as I did not have Swiss, and it was very good. A few of my friends are asking for this recipe, so off I go, to make copies for them. I've been looking for a long time for an exceptional tuna noodle casserole, so thank you for sharing this quality recipe! : )