Tuna Noodle Hotdish



There’s a reason hotdish is so popular in Minnesota:

It’s easy to make.

It feeds a crowd.

It doesn’t cost a lot.

There’s a variety for everyone!


Whatever you call it – tuna noodle hotdish or tuna noodle casserole – this is a recipe every home cook should know how to make. It’s one that my family has enjoyed for decades.

Tuna noodle hotdish ingredients: Click through for recipe instructions!

About The Recipe

This is a classic tuna hotdish recipe, with a couple of delicious add-ins.

I added some chopped red bell pepper for some crunch and sweetness. I also added a pinch of turmeric for some flavor –  and it’s something I like to add to recipes for its health benefits.

I added a crunchy panko topping to the hotdish. This balances out creaminess of the dish.

Tuna noodle hotdish: Learn how to make this classic casserole recipe!

More Hotdish Recipes

I grew up eating various types of hotdish. In addition to tuna hotdish, my mom would make the following:

  • Chow mein noodle hotdish
  • Three-bean hotdish
  • Ring bologna hotdish

Print Recipe


Tuna Noodle Hotdish


Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 35 min


  • 1/2 pound pasta (rotini, shells or egg noodles work well)
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup (10.5 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cans tuna packed in oil (5 ounces each)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter



  • Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Mix cold pasta with mushroom soup, milk, sour cream, tuna, peas, red pepper, onion, cheese, turmeric, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Place in a casserole dish.
  • Melt butter and mix with panko breadcrumbs. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place on top of the hotdish.
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 35 to 40 minutes.