Tuna Casserole Bake

Tuna Casserole is served on a black camp plate with the remaining casserole still in the casserole dish in the background.

Tuna casserole bake is an easy-to-make comfort food both at home and the outdoors with this slightly modified version. Noodles are cooked with a creamy sauce, vegetables, and tuna. The casserole is topped with a slightly crunchy breadcrumb and cheese topping and baked until golden brown.

The ingredients for this dish are primarily canned and packaged. This makes it very practical to take camping, especially for meals at the end of an extended trip when fresh ingredients may not be an option.

These instructions are for a camp oven but can easily be converted to make in a Dutch oven. If you are looking to mix things up a little, try using different cream soups such as cream of chicken, cream of potato, or cream of celery.

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The tuna in this casserole adds a boost of protein, perfect for the outdoors.
Looking into a white casserole dish sitting on a grill with an unbaked tuna noodle casserole within.
The breadcrumbs, cheese, and herb rub are sprinkled on top before baking to create a flavorsome crusty top.
A portion of the baked tuna noodle casserole is being scooped out of a white casserole dish.
Once baked, the casserole is easily scoped out to serve.
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This hearty and warming dish is perfect to fill even the hungriest person, whether they are at home or on a camping trip.
Tuna Casserole is served on a black camp plate with the remaining casserole still in the casserole dish in the background.
Tuna casserole can be a one-dish meal, or you can serve it with a side of vegetables or salad.

Tuna Casserole Bake Recipe

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Tuna Casserole is served on a black camp plate with the remaining casserole still in the casserole dish in the background.
Tuna casserole bake is easy-to-make comfort food for home or the outdoors with this slightly modified version.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 40 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
CourseDinner
DifficultySeasoned
MethodBake

Ingredients

Casserole

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 ribs celery diced (optional)
  • 3 cups cooked spiral noodles
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) mixed vegetables
  • 1 can (10 oz) condensed mushroom soup
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (6 oz) tuna drained

Topping

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • herb rub to taste

Equipment

  • skillet
  • casserole tray

Directions

  • Preheat the camp oven (closed grill or smoker) to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Casserole

  • In a skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Saute the onions and celery until the onions start to become translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • In the casserole dish combine the spiral pasta, onions, celery, mixed vegetables, soup, milk, cheese, and drained tuna. Mix very well ensuring you get to the bottom and into the corners. Wipe any smears from the casserole dish edges.

Topping

  • In order, sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole the breadcrumbs, cheese, and herb rub.
  • Place the tuna casserole in the preheated camp oven. Cook for 20 minutes until the topping has melted and the casserole is bubbling. Remove, let stand for 5 minutes, and serve. 

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 542mgCalcium: 207mgVitamin C: 7mgVitamin A: 2984IUSugar: 2gFiber: 4gPotassium: 328mgCholesterol: 36mgCalories: 283kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 11gProtein: 16gCarbohydrates: 30gIron: 2mg

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