Tuna noodle casserole

Keep the can of tuna but ditch the boxed mix -- it’s possible to make tuna casserole at home that brings back all those warm and fuzzy childhood memories without any of the processed preservatives. Start a new set of nostalgic traditions with your family!

Tuna Noodle Casserole
Casey Barber


  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 pound egg noodles
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Yield: 4 Servings


  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Bring a 4-quart stockpot of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • In a large skillet or 3-quart saute pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and stir in a pinch of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and add the soy sauce. Continue to cook, stirring, until the liquid in the pan is nearly evaporated. Add the white wine and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, for about 2-3 minutes until the liquid is evaporated once again.
  • Transfer the onions to a bowl and reserve.
  • Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in the skillet over medium-low heat and whisk in the flour. A clumpy paste will form. Add the broth a splash at a time, stopping to whisk and incorporate until the paste turns from clumpy to smooth, and eventually thins out into a sauce.
  • Whisk in the milk, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer, whisking occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Stir in the onions, lemon juice, tuna, and half the shredded cheddar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the egg noodles to the boiling water and cook until al dente according to package directions, then drain. Mix the tuna sauce with the cooked noodles and pour into a 9-inch square baking dish.
  • Top the casserole with the remaining cheddar cheese and the bread crumbs. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the casserole is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.

This recipe originally appeared on iVillage.