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5 from 8 votes

The Best Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole (No Canned Soup)

A creamy casserole made with tuna, egg noodles, cheese, and vegetables that is baked in the oven and topped with fried onions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time31 mins
Total Time41 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, tuna
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 611cal
Cost: $6


  • 9 x 13 casserole dish
  • 5-quart stockpot
  • oven & stove top
  • can opener
  • cutting board & knife


  • 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1 cup bell pepper chopped, any color
  • 1 large onion diced
  • ¼ cup butter salted
  • ¼ all-purpose flour
  • cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 12 ounces tuna chunk albacore in water, drained
  • 10 ounces peas frozen, steamed, strained.
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese white, grated in food processor
  • 1 cup French fried onions


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the egg noodles. Cook until al dente, about 6 minutes.
    12 ounces egg noodles
  • Add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and peppers to a large skillet and cook until fragrant and tender (about 5 minutes). Once cooked, remove veggies from the pan and set them aside.
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 cup bell pepper, 1 large onion, 2 cloves garlic
  • Oven medium-low heat, in the same pan, add butter and flour. Stir until butter is melted into the flour to form a paste. Slowly add the milk and stir to combine.
    ¼ cup butter, ¼ all-purpose flour, 2½ cups whole milk
  • Add in the cream cheese, and continue to whisk it into the mixture until it is melted, and no longer lumpy. The mixture will be thick and velvety.
    8 ounces cream cheese
  • Once creamy, add in the noodles, drained tuna, peas, and precooked veggies. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
    12 ounces tuna, 10 ounces peas, salt & pepper
  • Transfer mixture into the greased casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese, and fried onion strings.
    8 ounces cheddar cheese, 1 cup French fried onions
  • Bake uncovered for 375°F. for 20 minutes. Serve warm! Enjoy


Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 611cal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1871IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 358mg | Iron: 2mg