Casserole/ Fish/ Vegetarian

Not Your Average Tuna Casserole

On the Menu Tonight – Not Your Average Tuna Casserole!

I really like Tuna Casserole, but it is one of those things I just don’t make very often. This version of Tuna Casserole is elevated by using fresher ingredients. For example, I didn’t use any frozen veggies or any dry herbs. Most versions I have had include peas, but I swapped them out with diced red bell pepper. Instead of using canned cream of mushroom soup, I made it.

The results were FANTASTIC! Whether you are feeding a big family, or making enough for leftovers, try my version of Tuna Casserole.

Tuna Casserole

Not Your Average Tuna Casserole

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 8-12
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour

Not Your Average Tuna Casserole


  • 16 oz egg noodles
  • 3 6.4 oz cans tuna fish, drained and broken into small pieces
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 cups whole milk (2% is OK, but don't go below 2% fat), warmed or room temp
  • 8 Tbsp butter
  • 6-8 oz mushrooms, finely chopped (White button or Cremini)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped



Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees


Boil the egg noodles according to pkg directions, drain and set aside


Pre-heat large skillet over medium-high heat


Add 4 Tbsp of butter to the pan along with the diced onion


Let the onions get translucent, then add the mushrooms and cook 2-3 more minutes


Add the flour and mix thoroughly to coat the onions and mushrooms


Slowly add the milk and whisk/mix as you go to avoid lumps


Season with salt and pepper


When the mixture thickens, add the tuna, half the chopped parsley, and red bell pepper


Add the egg noodles and mix to coat all the noodles


Transfer to a buttered baking dish (13x9)


Melt the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter and mix with the panko and remaining parsley


Top the casserole with the bread crumb mix and put in the oven


Bake for 25-30 minutes


Let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving


If you mix the noodles with the creamy tuna mixture and it looks like you need more liquid, add a can of cream of mushroom soup with a little additional milk.

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