1969 Classic Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish

Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish is indeed the best tuna noodle casserole. A classic made with large pasta shells, canned tuna, fresh dill, and a creamy sauce. Watch the VIDEO!

Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish

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!

Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish

It’s not your mama’s usual tuna casserole, but a real crowd pleasing potluck dish!

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!)

Easy Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish Recipe

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. It’s all 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.

Perfect to bring to a potluck.

Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics!

Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish

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!

Easy Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish

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.

Pimentos truly make the BEST Tuna Casserole!

Best Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish Recipe

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!

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Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish

Modified from Sunset Favorites 1969.This Tuna and Noodles (your favorite pasta) Potluck Dish is made with fresh dill and creamy sauce, a real crowd pleaser recipe!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna and noodles potluck dish, tuna casserole
Servings: 6


  • 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].

Tuna and Noodles Potuck Dish

15 comments on “1969 Classic Tuna and Noodles Potluck Dish”

  1. I think this would also taste great adding a few capers and anchovies to make it a real grown up dish as well

  2. I will definitely make this, since it doesn’t call for canned cream soup! We love tuna casserole here.  Thanks for the recipes and all your stories (especially your pet ones!).

  3. Yum! Saw this on Facebook. Fortunately,  I’m at my mom’s because my hubby doesn’t love casseroles. Can’t wait to eat dinner!

  4. I made this for a church potluck this week. It was a keeper! Loved both the cream cheese and the dill. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. We have a big family meal every Sunday after church. My family aren’t big tuna lovers, so I opted to use canned chicken in this recipe. They absolutely loved it and repeatedly told me I need to make this the next time it’s my turn for the main dish! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  6. I pretty much always take a pasta dish to potlucks. They’re always popular, room temp stable and if there’s leftovers, more for me the next day! I guess I’m showing my age, because I LOVE tuna noodle casserole!

  7. Yum….I love that cream cheese is in this…lol. Last summer I brought a pasta fruit salad to a potluck…it was a huge hit.

  8. I love Tuna Noodle Casserole, but sadly my family does not…maybe I should give yours a try and see if I can win them over!

  9. Will try this! What about the frozen strawberry dessert you showed on your FB page that I believe was from the 60’s…..would love the recipe!

  10. I have a soft spot for tuna noodle casserole, so this is right up my alley!

  11. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds good! At what point do you add the tuna? Is it mixed in or layered?

  12. Taco casserole

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