easy tuna casserole

Mama’s Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe

If there was one thing my mom perfected when I was growing up, it was her easy tuna noodle casserole recipe. We had it a lot because the ingredients were cheap, the prep was easy, and it was the one meal that everyone would eat. As we got older and left home, it became a request whenever there was a birthday or a get-together. To this day, if one of us needs cheering up or has something to celebrate, my mom will make a tuna casserole. In fact, our first day home from the hospital after having Emily, my mom came over and made it for us while we settled in. Despite the fact that she made a full casserole and it was only her, me and my husband eating it, there were no leftovers. It’s that good.

Now I make it about once a month or so. I usually have the spices on hand, and can grab the rest of the ingredients at either Shoprite or Aldi for less than $10.00.

Tom, Emily and I will each eat a nice hearty serving, and then I portion the rest into single-portion zipblocks and throw them into the freezer. (I do this with every casserole I make, because no matter how hectic my day gets, I always have home cooked meals available for Emily. Just grab a baggie, thaw and reheat and she’s good to go.)

Even on it’s own, this casserole is pretty filling, but it’s a lot of noodles and butter, so I usually serve with some steamed or roasted veggies make it a bit more nutritious. Garlic bread sometimes makes it onto the plate too.  If you’re really looking to indulge, you can double the topping too. That part always goes super fast in our house!

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Mama’s Tuna Casserole

Quick and Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole


  • 9×13 Casserole Dish
  • Aluminum Foil


  • 2 cans Tuna
  • 1 lb Cooked Elbow Macaroni Noodles
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Melted Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Minced or Chopped Onion
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Spray dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix milk, egg, spices and half of the butter in the dish.
  • Stir in drained tuna and cooked macaroni noodles.
  • Add breadcrumbs to remaining butter and spread across top of casserole.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.


*This recipe calls for already cooked elbow macaroni noodles. The prep time does not include the time needed to cook them. 

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