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From Scratch Tuna Casserole

This delightful From Scratch Tuna Noodle Casserole contains no canned soup and is wonderfully creamy with a crunchy potato chip topping. 
Course Casserole
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8


Homemade Cream of Celery Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 cups finely diced celery, including leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper

Tuna Casserole

  • 1 (16-ounce) package egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 (12-ounce) can water packed tuna with liquid
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled potato chips


  • Make homemade Cream of Celery Soup. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add celery and onion and cook until soft, about 8 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
  • Add broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add tarragon, reduce heat to low and add the buttermilk and cream. Simmer until somewhat reduced, about 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth or transfer mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Measue out 2 cups to use for the casserole and you can freeze the rest for a later use.
  • Cook egg noddles according to package directions, but shave a minute or two off of the cooking time so that they are slightly undercooked. Drain well.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  • Saute the celery and onion in the butter until soft.
  • In a large bowl, mix together mayonnaise, 2 cups Cream of Celery Soup, evaporated milk, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, the celery/onion mixture, the tuna along with the liquid in the can, peas, and pepper.
  • Stir in egg noodles. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese and potato chips on top. Bake for 30 minutes.