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Cheesy Crockpot Tuna Noodle Casserole

Crockpot tuna noodle casserole is the ultimate comfort food. Dump and go slow cooker dinner that is cheesy with tender pasta that kids love.

Crockpot Tuna Noodle Casserole

Bet you didn’t think you could make Crockpot tuna noodle casserole did you? Cooking meat and pasta together is a little tricky but we’ll show you how here. Use canned tuna or leftover ham to make this ultimate comfort food. A favorite Crockpot recipe here on our site. (affiliate links present)

Slow Cooker Tuna Casserole

I have made Instant Pot tuna noodle casserole for years now. It is a quick meal that reminds me of my childhood. Sometimes I’d rather make a one pot meal in the morning though and have it ready after a busy day. That’s when this one comes in handy.

Get out your favorite 6 or 8 quart and try it yourself. I bet this will become a family favorite meal in your home too and you’ll make it over and over again.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Best Tuna Casserole

This one as well as many others on our blog are very cheesy. Why? Um because we’re obsessed with all things cheese! Of course if you want or need to leave that out by all means do, and it’s still a yummy meal. Another optional ingredient are crushed Ritz crackers.

If you want a crunchy top layer you can add those too below the cheddar.

  1. Butter
  2. Diced onion
  3. Celery, could add frozen peas too
  4. Minced garlic
  5. Canned corn kernels are optional
  6. Dill, salt and pepper
  7. Canned tuna, I always choose solid white
  8. Chicken broth
  9. Shredded cheese

Wide egg noodles are my choice to make almost any slow cooker casserole. They don’t take long to cook and have a great texture.

tuna noodle casserole ingredients

This meal only takes 2 hours to cook. There is not any raw meat in it so you’re really just softening the noodles and warming all the ingredients up. Keep that in mind when planning your day. If you are making this for dinner you can throw it together around 4 when you’re home and have it done in time to eat.

If you’re making something with fresh meat like our slow cooker cheesy chicken and rice it would take much longer of course. Canned meat is already cooked so you don’t have to worry about bacteria and reaching a certain temp.

  • You can soften onions and celery with butter and garlic in a pan on your stovetop first. OR you can just throw all of that into the slow cooker as is.
  • If you cook them down, pour into your Crock when softened. Add drained corn, season with salt, pepper and dill.
  • Stir in milk and broth. Then layer the egg noodles on top with the tuna on top of that. Do not stir together.
  • Cover and cook on high heat for 2 hours (less if you want pasta more al dente).

15 minutes before the cook time ends, lift lid and stir all contents together. If you want to top with cheese add to the top and put lid back on again so that can melt. That will only need about 10 minutes to do. Transfer to a large bowl and on to the table for serving.

slow cooker casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole Uncooked Noodles

You do not want to stir ingredients together or the pasta will be more done and too soft submerged into the sauce below. Leaving it on top will allow them to steam sorta’ and get tender, but not fall apart. If you wanted to use canned chicken in this instead of “meat from the sea” that would be a good substitute.

Using this as a leftover chicken breast recipe is a great idea too. I hate wasting food. If I buy a rotisserie chicken to make our chicken and rice casserole recipe, I will likely make this the next day. I only use 1.5 breasts for the first meal, then chop up what’s left and make this the next night.

If you do have leftovers of this it heats up nicely the next day too. Just store in an airtight container and transfer to a microwave safe dish. Heat in 30 second increments stirring each time so it warms evenly.

slow cooker tuna noodle casserole

Bread Crumb Topping for Tuna Noodle Casserole

If you want to add a bit of texture to the top, crush butter crackers or potato chips and sprinkle them on top. Do this after you stir all the contents together.

Then sprinkle your final layer of cheddar cheese on the top. Close the lid for about 15 minutes and let that melt. Then you get this crunch with the ooey gooey topping in every bite.

Alternatively you can put cheese and breadcrumbs crushed on top of each bowl when served.

Is Albacore tuna better than regular tuna?

That is what I buy. It isn’t as broken up as the latter, a little bit more expensive but so worth it. Beyond the texture being better is it also higher in Omega 3s which helps promote a healthy heart.

Unlike other recipes like this one we don’t use cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup either. A lot of people don’t like canned condensed additions like this so instead it it more homemade. Have leftover ham after the holidays? Make this with it! It’s a great way to change things up but still add protein.

Crockpot Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe

Recipe notes, ingredients, and steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Nutritional information such as calories and saturated fat are listed there too. Keep in mind it is calculated by the card itself with the exact ingredients listed below. Some canned items may vary.

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Crockpot Tuna Noodle Casserole

Crockpot tuna noodle casserole is the ultimate comfort food. Dump and go slow cooker dinner that is cheesy with tender pasta that kids love.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, crockpot, noodle, pasta, slow cooker, tuna
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 533kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • You can soften onions and celery with butter and garlic in a pan on your stovetop to cook them down a bit and become more fragrant, or just throw all of that into the slow cooker as is.
  • If you cook them down, empty into Crock when softened. Add drained corn, season with salt, pepper and dill.
  • Stir in milk and broth. Then layer the egg noodles on top with the tuna on top of that. Do not stir together.
  • Close lid and set to high heat for 2 hours.
  • 15 minutes before cook time ends, lift lid and stir all contents together. Top with cheese and top with the lid again so that can melt.
  • Serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Tuna Noodle Casserole
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 533 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 632mg27%
Potassium 510mg15%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 692IU14%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 231mg23%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Rating




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