Family Classic – Tuna Casserole Recipe

Growing up I am sure you had classic family meals.  For some it is meatloaf, for others it could be spaghetti. In our house, Sunday lunches mean casserole.  Why?  Simple…because I like to start our week with leftovers.  Leftover casserole makes a perfect lunch in my eyes!  We have a few go-to favourites when it comes to our Sunday lunch casserole, and the one I am sharing today is one of our top few.  We change up the vegetables based on what we happen to have in the fridge (which is usually a good variety since I typically do our grocery shopping on Sunday morning).  Here is the base recipe that we use:

Family Classic – Tuna Casserole

Addicted to Recipes | Sunday Tuna Casserole

1 can tuna, drained

8 ounces macaroni (or other pasta)

4 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons green pepper, chopped

2 tablespoons flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 cup milk

1/2 cup frozen peas

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

1/4 cup panko

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cook pasta according to package directions until tender.  Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter.  Add in the onions and green pepper (and any other vegetables you wish to add at this point, except the peas) – saute over low heat for about 5 minutes.  Add in the flour, salt and pepper.  Stir until smooth and bubbly.  Reduce heat to low and add in the milk and the cream of mushroom soup.  Stir until smooth and thick.  Add in the cooked pasta, tuna, peas and half of the cheese.  Mix well.  Pour the mixture into a buttered 8×8 or 9×9 casserole dish , top with the remaining cheese and panko.  Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown.


This is a classic in our family.  Our kids love it, and it makes great leftovers for lunches!  

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  1. I am a huge fan of Tuna as is my daughter, the boys not so much but I will selfishly make it for myself anyways LOL.

  2. This looks soooo good!

  3. This sounds delicious! I'm very sick and tired of my husband bringing in take-out each night (as sweet as it is that he is trying to make it easier on me), so I'm going to whip this up for dinner tonight. Sounds like a quick dish to prepare, but not only that comforting!
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  4. I'm newlywed don't really know how to cook much…tried this recipe easy and came out delicious my husband loved it!!! Thank u for the recipe.(=D)

  5. Kim McCulley says

    Just made this dish and it’s delicious! Thank you for sharing☆

  6. Great tuna dish! Used cream of chicken soup in place of mushroom, it's what we had! Topped with its crackers that had a little melted butter stirred in them, again it is what we had. It was a quick easy recipe and didn't make enough to feed an army! Easily feed three hungry adults we added green onions carrots green peppers and peas, next time some corn also.

  7. I can’t imagine tuna casserole without crushed potato chips on top!!

  8. Can this be made and frozen for when a baby comes

  9. this is amazing. seriously my go to tuna casserole recipe ever since i found it on pinterest, thank you so much!! i sprinkle crunched up jalapeño kettle chips on top in place of the panko, good mix up if you ever want some extra zing (:

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