Crockpot Tuna Casserole

Tuna and pasta
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  • 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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Tuna casserole is classic comfort food dish. It's also excellent for feeding a family on a budget, making use of pantry items you can stock up on at the warehouse store or when they are on sale at the supermarket.

For this recipe, grab canned tuna and cream of celery soup from your pantry and frozen peas from your freezer. You'll need time to cook the egg noodles before adding them to the slow cooker. This recipe is one you can put together at lunch time to have ready to serve for dinner.

You can substitute canned chicken, turkey, or salmon or use leftover rotisserie chicken instead of tuna. You could also substitute cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup if that's what's in your pantry, although then you might want to add some chopped celery to the mix.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cans cream of celery soup
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 (7 ounces each) cans tuna, drained
  • 10 ounces medium egg noodles or pasta, cooked until just tender
  • 3 tablespoons buttered bread crumbs or potato chip crumbs

How to Make It

  1. Grease bottom and sides of the slow cooker insert (a 4 to 5-quart crockpot).
  2. In a large bowl, combine soup, chicken broth, milk, parsley, vegetables, and tuna. Fold in the cooked noodles or pasta.
  3. Pour the mixture into prepared slow cooker. Top with buttered bread crumbs or potato chip crumbs.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
  5. Serve hot.

Serve the casserole with a green salad. Or, steam broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots for a nice side of vegetables, which are lacking in this casserole.

Refrigerate leftovers and enjoy them reheated in the microwave. You can take it along to work or school for a lunch the next day if you have a microwave you can use there. You can also freeze portions of it to microwave for future meals.

More Tuna Casserole Recipes:

  • Tuna Macaroni Casserole with Cheese Recipe:  Bake this casserole for a simple supper. It includes bell pepper, onion, peas, cheddar cheese, and elbow macaroni.
  • Tuna Spinach Casserole Recipe: Make a more colorful and updated variation of tuna casserole using bowtie pasta, spinach, onion, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, and pimiento. It's pretty enough to serve to guests or finicky little eaters.
  • Tuna Tetrazzini Casserole Recipe: This Italian-inspired variation of tuna casserole includes mushrooms, peas, Parmesan cheese, and spaghetti  You can make it up a day in advance, then cover and refrigerate until you're ready to bake and serve.