Tuna Noodle Casserole | Large Family Recipes
I’ve made different variations of Tuna Noodle Casserole over the years. In fact, if my memory is holding up, Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of the first oven bake recipes I attempted to tackle once I realized I needed to get a clue in the kitchen (not a huge clue mind you, but enough to feed these people).
You can’t go wrong with this oven meal. Use whatever noodles you have on hand. I make a quick tuna cream sauce below. If you don’t want to fool with that you can use cream of mushroom soup. I’ve talked to mommas who top their Tuna Noodle with potato chips, corn flakes, or bread crumb topping. Some use cheddar to top it off. This recipe also makes for a quick and easy freezer meal. It was super simple for me to make many Tuna Noodles during my recent Mega Freezer Cooking days during my 3rd trimester of pregnancy. If you give this recipe a try be sure to share and use the #LargeFamilyTable hashtag so we can see your bakes!
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- Disposable Metal Pans
- Reynolds Wrap Foil
- Saran Wrap
- Stainless Steel 22-Quart Covered Stockpot
- 8 Qt Instant Pot
- Large Rubbermaid Container
- Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
- 2 1/2 cups of Tuna "Juice" (The drained liquid from cans of tuna. I drained 80 oz of Tuna for this recipe. )
- 7 cups of chicken broth
- (Optional) 4 cups of water (I like to stretch things. As I mentioned in this video I wanted to make a full pot.)
- 3 cups of butter
- 2 cups of flour
- 1-5 oz can of Tuna Meat
- 80 oz of Tuna
- Homemade Cream of Tuna Recipe or 4 Family Size Cans of Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 4 - 16 oz boxes of Ziti Noodles
- 5 cans of sliced carrots
- 5 cans of peas
- 4 cups of preferred shredded cheese (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Colby blend, or cheese of your choice)
- Melt 3 cups of butter over medium heat in sauce pan, stirring constantly.
- Quickly add in 2 1/2 cups of Tuna "Juice" and 7 cups of chicken broth, then 2 cup flour
- Stir constantly for 3-5 minutes
- Stir in one 5 oz can of Tuna Meat
- *At this point in my freezer cooking video I added in 4 cups of water to stretch my Cream of Tuna further. You can go for this step or omit it. I wanted my Cream of Tuna a little thinner so I could stretch it for as many casseroles as possible. *
- At the end of the 3-5 minutes, you’ll have a Cream of Tuna that’s perfect for Tuna Noodle Casserole!
- Cook noodles according to directions on package.
- After draining noodles rinse with cool water to prevent further cooking.
- CONSTRUCTING TUNA NOODLE FREEZER MEALS
- Set out 4 to 5 9x13 baking pans.
- In large stock pot or huge mixing bowl gently stir together homemade Cream of Tuna sauce, remaining 75 oz of drained tuna, 5 cans of drained sliced carrots, 5 cans of drained peas, and 4 lbs of drained cooked noodles. Fill each 9x13 baking pan approximately 3/4 full of Tuna Noodle mixture. Top each 9x13 pan with one cup of shredded cheese of your choice or additional topping.
- Allow your meals to cool completely before placing in the freezer.
- Wrap each 9x13 pan with two layers of foil.
- Label the top of each pan with recipe name and date.
- Wrap each 9x13 pan with a layer of plastic wrap.
- Set each pan to freeze in the freezer. Do not stack the pans on top of one another until each pan is individually frozen.
- Set the desired pans of Tuna Noodle out in the refrigerator the evening before you'd like to serve.
- Preheat your oven to 375 (oven times may vary).
- Remove plastic wrap and one layer of foil.
- Place Tuna Noodle in preheated oven for 1 hour or until bubbly and hot. Remove last layer of foil and allow to cook for 10 additional minutes.
- Allow your hot Tuna Noodle to slightly cool on counter for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- If cooking your Tuna Noodle from completely frozen (this happens in real life :), remove plastic wrap and one layer of foil and place frozen Tuna Noodle in preheated oven at 400 (oven temps may vary). Cook for up to 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until hot and bubbly. Remove last layer of foil and cook uncovered an additional 10 minutes as needed.
Let me know how this freezer meal recipe works out for you. I’d love to hear what you’re making!
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