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When you want to prepare a fantastic freezer meal for your big family, try this Large Family Make-Ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole. It is creamy, cheesy, and delicious!

Have you been on the search to find a great freezer meal you can make for the family? The Large Family Make-Ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole might be the recipe you need in your life! If you enjoy tuna or even lump crabmeat that you can use as a substitute, you will enjoy every bite of this casserole. It is a wholesome dish that you can put together within minutes and then bake before serving your family. Not only can you make it a few hours before eating it, but you can also prepare it days or weeks in advance and store it in your fridge or freezer.

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The List of Ingredients Needed to Make the Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

When preparing the Large Family Make-Ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole, it is necessary to have these ingredients:

  • Egg Noodles. The egg noodles have the right consistency and are a great addition to this dish.
  • Chunk Light Tuna in Water. Grab any brand of chunk light tuna in water. If you do not like tuna as much, you can substitute it for lump crabmeat.
  • Green Bell Pepper. Dice your green bell pepper into small pieces before adding it to the casserole for flavor and a crunch.
  • Mayo. Using mayo makes the casserole creamier. It does not matter the brand or style of mayo that you decide to use.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese. You can give this casserole a cheesy texture and taste by using plenty of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • French Fried Onions. These onions go on top of the casserole to provide a crispy crunch with each bite.

There are many other essential ingredients to add to the casserole, including butter, diced onion, celery, flour, black pepper, salt, milk, and chopped pimentos. Be sure to have the proper kitchen tools on hand, too! Check out my must-have list of kitchen tools.

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How to Freeze the Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

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If you have plans to freeze the Large Family Make-Ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole ahead, prepare it as the directions explain but do not place the French fried onions on top of it.

Cover your casserole dish tightly with both plastic wrap and aluminum foil before putting it in the freezer. The casserole can stay in the freezer for six months. If you do not want to freeze it, you can store it in your fridge for up to three days. You can add the French fried onions to the top of the casserole when you are getting ready to heat it and eat it.

Extra Ingredients You Can Add to the Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

You can always add assorted vegetables to the Large Family Make-Ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole to make it healthier. Some of the best vegetables to add to this casserole dish include chopped carrots, peas, corn, and broccoli florets. You should have no problem getting your children to eat their veggies when adding a few of them to this casserole because the flavor of all the other ingredients makes the meal taste great.

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Large Family Make-ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Large Family Make-Ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 9×13 Casserole Dishes
  • Category: Dinner

Description

When you want to prepare a tasty yet simple meal for your loved ones, try this Large Family Make-Ahead Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole. It is creamy, cheesy, and delicious!

 


Ingredients

  • 2 (16 ounce) packages egg noodles
  • 7 (5 ounce) cans chunk light tuna in water or lump crab
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup seeded and diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 (4 ounce) jars diced pimentos, drained well
  • 2 cups french fried onions

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9×13 casserole dishes with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well.

  3. In a large (12 inch) skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter and add the onions, bell pepper, and celery. Cook the vegetables until tender, about 5 minutes. 

  4. Add the flour and seasonings to the skillet and stir until the flour coats everything, cooking for an additional 2 minutes.

  5. Gradually add in the milk, whisking until thick and bubbly. 

  6. Remove the skillet from heat. Stir in the mayonnaise and half of the cheddar cheese until melted.

  7. In a 30 quart bowl, combine the pasta, tuna, cheese sauce, and pimentos.  Divide the mixture between the prepared casserole dishes.

  8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.

  9. Bake the casseroles for 40 to 45 minutes or until the edges are bubbling. 

  10. Temporarily remove the casseroles from the oven and add a layer of french fried onions. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until the onions are crispy.

 

To make ahead and freeze as a freezer meal:

 

  1. Prepare casseroles as directed but do not top with french fried onions.

  2. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

  3. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight prior to baking.

  4. Uncover and proceed according to directions.

Keywords: Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

This yummy and classic dish is easy to make and its cheesiness makes it a kid favorite!

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