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Suddenly found out you’re having guests for dinner? Whip up this homemade tuna noodle casserole recipe and everyone will have a full and happy tummy. My husband always hated this dish until I made it for him. He said he didn’t want it but he’d never told me he disliked it so he just piled it on his plate to make sure the kids would eat it too. But when he ate it, he loved it! Now he asks me when I’m going to make it again. It’s a surefire hit for any occasion!

Tuna noodle casserole recipe

Best Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

Simple ingredients with delicious results…that’s the best tuna casserole! While it sounds like a hot mess, it’s a hot casserole full of delicious and soothing flavors that will keep you feeling cozy inside and out!

Tuna casserole ingredients

What Ingredients are in Tuna Casserole?

  • Canned tuna – You can’t have tuna fish casserole without it!
  • Egg noodles – Tuna casserole with egg noodles is delicious. Just make sure you cook them al dente first.
  • Yellow onion – Lends that nice pungent flavor.
  • Celery – Dice it up so the pieces are just right for that savory taste.
  • Frozen peas – Defrost them first
  • Butter – Makes this casserole rich and delicious.
  • Cream of mushroom soup – The secret to the creaminess in the casserole and a classic ingredient in any old fashioned tuna casserole recipe.
  • Milk – Makes it even creamier
  • Shredded cheddar – More cheese, please! Choose the sharp variety.
  • Fresh parsley – Adds a fresh component to this pantry-staple casserole.
  • Crumb topping – This will be made with panko bread crumbs, melted butter, more shredded cheddar, and fresh parsley.

Best tuna noodle casserole recipe

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Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

This is one easy tuna casserole you can make tonight in less than an hour. You probably have everything you need in your kitchen too, saving you a trip to the store. Need something simple for a potluck everyone will love? Again, it’s homemade tuna noodle casserole to the rescue!

Easy tuna casserole recipe

How do you Make Tuna Casserole from Scratch?

When making baked tuna casserole, start by preheating your oven to 400F. After you preheat the oven, make the topping by combining the ingredients and set it aside. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium high heat to cook the onions and celery in butter. Cook for 5 minutes until tender and set it aside. In a large bowl, combine your cooked noodles, the onions and celery, and the peas, soup, milk, cheese, tuna, and parsley. Mix it together and then pour it into your awaiting casserole dish. Top with the topping, then back for about 20 minutes until it’s nice and bubbly!

How do you make tuna casserole from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Tuna Noodle Casserole Every Time

  • Use any pasta you like. If you don’t have egg noodles and don’t want to run to the store, use any other small-shaped pasta. You can also go for a gluten-free variety if you need to.
  • Add other veggie leftovers if you like. Homemade classic tuna noodle casserole is the best way to use up little odds and ends of veggies without anyone in the family complaining!
  • Change up your cheese. Sharp cheddar is a classic, but again, if you’ve only got another type of cheese, try it. Fontina, white cheddar, or even a smoked Gruyere would be great.

How long to bake tuna noodle casserole

How to Cook Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna noodle casserole is made in the oven. You’ll have to boil the noodles on the stovetop and cook the onions and celery on the stovetop too. From there, it all goes in your casserole dish.

How Long do you bake Tuna Noodle Casserole?

At 400F, it will take about 20 to 22 minutes to bake your tuna noodle casserole.

Do you cook noodles before adding to casserolee

Do you cook noodles before adding to casserole?

Yes, you’ll cook the egg noodles before you add them to the casserole. You can do this as you prep the onions and celery.

How do you keep tuna casserole from drying out

How do you keep tuna casserole from drying out?

The ingredients in this recipe should be enough to keep your tuna casserole from becoming dry. Additionally, you want to stick to the oven temperature and time listed in this recipe which will cook it properly without making it dry.

How do you fix dried tuna casserole?

Simply add a little more liquid. Some milk or broth will liven up a dry tuna casserole in a pinch.

How do you fix dried tuna casserole

How do you moisten dry tuna casserole?

The key is using enough moist ingredients. Make sure you measure correctly so it doesn’t come out dry. And if it does, all it takes is adding a little more liquid ingredients to your creation. Add it slowly so you don’t water it down!

What goes well with Tuna Noodle Casserole?

If you’re serving tuna noodle casserole for dinner tonight, you can’t go wrong with more veggies. Try carrots with butter and dill, steamed green beans, roasted cauliflower or broccoli, or even a garden salad. Garlic bread, dinner rolls, or biscuits are also a nice touch.

How do you moisten dry tuna casserole

How to Store Tuna Noodle Casserole

Once it’s fully cooled and everyone has had their fill, cover your tuna noodle casserole and put it in the fridge.

How Long Does Tuna Noodle Casserole Last?

You’ll have about 2 to 3 days in the fridge to keep your tuna noodle casserole. If you simply have too much to eat it all in that time, freeze it.

Homemade tuna casserole

Can You Freeze Tuna Noodle Casserole?

Oh yes! And that’s the best part! It can be a ready-to-go meal anytime once you wrap it tightly and freeze it. It should last for about 3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat Tuna Noodle Casserole?

You’ll want to let it thaw overnight in your refrigerator for at least 24 hours first. Then heat your oven to 350F, cover the casserole with foil, and bake for 45 minutes.


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Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 333
This classic Tuna Casserole recipe with noodles is the perfect balance of delicious tuna, veggies, and tender egg noodles cooked to perfection in a cheesy creamy sauce with a crispy bread crumb topping.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups egg noodles (cooked al dente)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion (small to medium size)
  • 3 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (defrosted)
  • 6 oz can of tuna
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp parsley

Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • First, preheat the oven to 400F. Combine your ingredients for the crispy topping in a small bowl and then set aside.
  • Next, in a skillet over medium heat, cook the onion and celery in the butter for about 5 minutes until tender and set aside.
  • Next, in a large bowl, combine the egg noodles, onion/celery mixture, peas, mushroom soup, milk, cheese, tuna, and parsley. Mix until thoroughly combined and then add the mixture into a casserole dish. Spread the topping over the entire dish. Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling. Serve immediately.
Calories: 333kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 609mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 801IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 2mg

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How about an easy meal that your oven takes care of for you? This chicken and rice casserole recipe is one of my favorites for weekends and meal prep. It has a savory flavor that brings my whole family to the table. The kids always want second helpings too. Made with simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now, you’ve got to try it!

Best chicken and rice casserole recipe

Best Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

There’s just 7 simple ingredients here that when combined, create the best chicken and rice recipe. Yes, it takes a while to bake, but your hands-on time is only 10 minutes. You can sit back and relax because tonight’s dinner is taken care of!

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

Simple ingredients, and simple prep, this easy chicken and rice recipe will be on the table in no time. If you’re new to cooking or are looking for an easy way to please the family for dinner tonight, add this one to your weekly menu!

Chicken and rice casserole ingredients

Chicken and Rice Casserole Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts – You’ll use 4 of them. No need to cut them! They just go right into the casserole as-is!
  • Long grain white rice – No cooking of this either. Add it uncooked and watch the magic in your oven.
  • Onion soup mix – This gives the casserole all that flavor.
  • Cream of mushroom soup – Use the condensed style and you’ll have a creamy chicken and rice casserole to look forward to.
  • Water – You’ll add this for the soup mix and the can of soup to create enough liquid to cook the chicken and rice.
  • Salt and pepper – To taste.

Easy chicken and rice casserole recipe

How do you Make Chicken and Rice Casserole from Scratch

You’ll preheat the oven to 325F and spray your casserole dish with cooking spray. Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Then add the rice followed by the soup mix. Mix the mushroom soup can with 2 cups of water and pour it over everything. That is the secret to a this creamy chicken and rice recipe.  Cover with foil and oven bake for an hour and 15 minutes.

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Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken and Rice Casserole Every Time

  • Add it all uncooked. This oven baked chicken and rice recipe will cook together in one dish. No need to dirty up any other dishes!
  • You can use low sodium versions. If you’re worried about your salt intake, choose the low sodium mushroom soup can.
  • Use a big enough casserole dish. For this baked chicken and rice recipe, you should use a 9×13 casserole dish so that you don’t crowd the ingredients or have them overflow.

How do you make chicken and rice casserole from scratch

How to Cook Chicken and Rice Casserole

It’s as simple as throwing it all in your casserole dish, covering with foil, and baking. Chicken rice casserole is that easy!

Can you put raw chicken in a casserole?

Yes! The cook time on this chicken and rice bake recipe in all the liquid will ensure your raw chicken is fully cooked by the time your oven timer dings.

How long to bake chicken and rice casserole

Do I cook rice before adding to casserole?

No. Please don’t cook the rice first. You’ll wind up with a casserole dish full of mush if you do.

Can you put raw uncooked rice in a casserole?

Yes, you must put it raw and uncooked into the casserole. The liquids used will cook it to the perfect texture.

Can you put raw chicken in a casserole

Will uncooked rice cook in a casserole?

Yes, uncooked rice will cook because it will be in all the liquid from the casserole. This cook time assures your rice will be done with the right texture at the end.

Do I cook chicken before putting it in a casserole?

You could, but with this chicken and rice bake, it goes in raw. It will cook up beautifully with the liquids and seasoning.

Can you put uncooked chicken in a casserole?

Yes, especially with this cook time for an hour and 15 minutes. That’s plenty of time for the chicken to cook all the way through.

Do I cook rice before adding to casserole

How Long to Bake Chicken and Rice Casserole

You’ll bake your chicken and rice casserole for an hour and 15 minutes at 325F.

What goes well with Chicken and Rice Casserole

You can’t go wrong with a fresh salad, sauteed green veggies, or a vegetable medley. Anything that contrasts with the richness will be a lovely match!

Simple chicken and rice casserole recipe

How to Store Chicken and Rice Casserole

Once it cools, you’ll need to cover your chicken and rice casserole and stash it in the fridge.

How Long Does Chicken and Rice Casserole Last?

You’ll have 3 to 4 days to polish off your leftovers of this dish. If that’s too much to ask, you can put it in the freezer to use as a quick meal prep.

Can You Freeze Chicken and Rice Casserole?

You bet you can! Just wrap it well and label it. You can keep it there for about 2 to 3 months.

How to Reheat Chicken and Rice Casserole?

Let it thaw in the fridge overnight, then preheat your oven to 350F and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.


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Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 342
This Chicken Rice Casserole recipe is the perfect dinner dish that is super easy to make, everyone loves it, and clean up is a breeze! It doesn't get more simple than a one dish casserole and this one packs a ton of flavor. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup long grain white rice (uncooked)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 10.5 oz condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Add the chicken breasts to the baking pan and season with salt and pepper. Then, pour the rice over the chicken and evenly spread the onion soup mix over the top. Combine the mushroom soup with the 2 cups of water and pour over the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for an hour and 15 minutes or until rice is soft and cooked through. Serve immediately!
Calories: 342kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1295mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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