Potato Chip Topped Tuna Noodle Casserole is a from-scratch tuna noodle casserole that is creamy and delicious! The potato chips on top are the perfect topping to this tuna casserole!
When it comes to nostalgic meals, tuna noodle casserole ranks pretty high for me. I don’t remember being particularly excited about eating it as a kid, but these days the casserole brings up cozy feelings of being back home. I guess a creamy, cheesy casserole can do that to a girl!
While my mom made it with cream of mushroom soup, I knew I wanted to make it completely from scratch. So, I took the classic casserole and put a modern day spin on it. For one, I nixed the cream of mushroom soup and made my own creamy mushroom sauce. For a little extra effort, there’s a big payoff in flavor! Next, I added a crunchy and salty topping with crushed potato chips. You really can’t go wrong with a potato chip topping, right? Last, I added some sharp white cheddar cheese. The cheese adds flavor and makes the casserole extra creamy.
I did, however, keep one important thing from the classic recipe, and that’s the egg noodles. I have seen recipes that use other types of pasta, but I just love silky egg noodles in this casserole. They pair perfectly with the homemade cream sauce.
This tuna noodle casserole is a total crowd pleaser that your family will love!
What You’ll Need
Canned Tuna Packed in Water
White Cheddar Cheese
Potato Chips – I used wavy regular potato chips
How to Make Homemade Tuna Noodle Casserole
To start making this Potato Chip Topped Tuna Noodle Casserole, cook egg noodles according to the package directions.
While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat and then sauté the onion and mushrooms. Season with some salt and garlic powder and then cook until the mushrooms are softened. Add the flour to the mushrooms and onions and stir to combine. Slowly add in the milk and broth, and whisk together to form a roux. Let it cook for a few minutes so it can thicken up a bit, and then combine the roux with the cooked noodles, tuna, and some shredded white cheddar cheese.
Pour this mixture into a baking dish, and top with more white cheddar cheese and crushed potato chips. Bake it until its bubbling and then immediately dig in!
Tuna Noodle Casserole Questions
Can I use different noodles? Sure! I love the texture of egg noodles but other shapes would work, too.
Can I omit the mushrooms? If you must 🙂
Can yellow cheddar cheese be used instead of white cheddar cheese? Yes that will work. I like to use white cheddar to keep the look of traditional tuna noodle casserole but it can be tricky to find sometimes.