1969 Classic Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish
Looking for an Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe? This Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish is indeed the best tuna noodle casserole recipe, a classic made with large pasta shells, canned tuna, fresh dill, and a creamy sauce. It’s not your mama’s usual tuna casserole, but a real crowd pleasing potluck dish! Watch the VIDEO!
It must be “potluck season” because we’ve been invited to several potluck parties in the last couple of weeks. I recently brought this Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish and it was a big HIT!
A friend once told me that where he came from, instead of a “potluck dish,” they called it a “covered dish.” I like that! You may have also tried my classic Potluck Spaghetti Tuna Salad Recipe that I posted last summer (so good!)
Tuna Casserole Recipe
I was also reading in the latest Better Homes & Garden, an article on “rocking the potluck” that included a tuna casserole recipe, an oldie but goodie. I dug through my recipes and found the perfect “oldie but goodie” tuna casserole dish my mom would make, and gussied it up with fresh dill, and topped it with Parmesan cheese.
Easy Tuna Casserole
Today I’m sharing my Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish, a flavorful easy tuna casserole from my friend, Faye.
Seriously, so creamy (cream cheese!) and delightful!
My friend, Faye, and I go back to 1969, as we met when I was in 1st grade at Roosevelt school in Medford, Oregon (with her son, Brent). Coming across her recipe from Sunset Favorites 1969 in my recipe file (with her writing), seemed fitting for my “everything old is new again” recipe to bring to a potluck.
Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics!
How to make tuna casserole
Using dill from our herb trough, this is what makes this casserole complete!
Of course I made this dish with DeLallo pasta, the very best and only kind that our family cooks with, and the secret to good pasta is to cook it al dente.
The sauce is rich and creamy, too, made with butter, milk, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese!
Oh, and pimentos? Sometimes I wonder why I add these to recipes, as they seem so flavorless. But for this classic recipe, I think pimentos were a big hit back in 1969, and they truly make the BEST Tuna Casserole!
Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish
Take this dish to your next party! You can bake it halfway at your house, then pop it in the oven for 10 more minutes at the party house!
Pull out of the oven and serve!
Watch the video!
Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish
- 6 Tbsp. butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups milk
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 tsp. salt and pepper
- 3-4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce to taste
- 1 pkg. 16 oz. DeLallo shells cooked and drained (or use your favorite pasta!)
- 2 7 oz. cans tuna, drained and flaked
- 4 oz. jar pimientos drained
- Fresh dill finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. grated
- Make the sauce by melting the butter in the saucepan over low heat, stirring in the flour until blended. Gradually stir in the milk. Crumble the cream cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire. Taste and see if you need to adjust seasoning.
- In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the sauce; add the tuna. Mix well and spoon into a 9×13 prepared (greased) pan. Sprinkle with fresh dill and Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve!
More tuna recipes: Butter Leaf Lettuce Spicy Tuna Recipe [RE], Tuna Melts with Sweet Pickles [RE], White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley [Kalyn’s Kitchen], and 30-minute Chickpea Tuna Salad [Full Proof Living].