This one I kind of learned from my mom I think? But I really made it my own over the years. Either way, I am dedicating this recipe to my mom, who always made me tuna noodle casserole when I was growing up, my favorite meal! This one’s for you, mom. ❤
12 ounces chunk light canned tuna, drained and squeezed dry
12 ounces egg noodles
2/3 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 stick butter (1/4 cup)
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 cup chicken stock
26 ounces cream of mushroom soup
1.5 cups crushed/crumbled potato chips
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons black pepper
Salt to taste
Melt butter in a medium sauce pan on medium heat. In another, large sauce pan, get some water heated up to a boil. Salt this water generously.
Add yellow onion and green onion (along with a pinch of salt) to the melted butter and saute on medium high heat for 5 minutes or until softened.
Add your egg noodles into the boiling water and cook until al dente.
Now, add your cream of mushroom soup and dried tuna to the cooking onions. Turn heat down to low and stir everything together. You can now add in your black pepper, oregano, garlic powder, and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Mix this all together until the cheese melts into the mixture.
Next, add your chicken stock to the tuna mixture and stir. Set aside until noodles are done.
Once noodles are done, drain them and put them back in the large sauce pan. Add your tuna mixture into the noodles and stir everything together. At this point, just taste for seasoning and add any salt if needed.
Spread your noodle mixture into a 9 X 13 baking dish. Sprinkle the top with your 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Sprinkle your fresh basil on top of that. Optional: add a bit more garlic powder and oregano to the top of the cheese to add additional flavor.
Lastly, crumble your potato chips to the top of your casserole and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Once it comes out of the oven, let it cool for a few minutes and serve! Such a comforting dish and comes together really easily!