Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Another fave from skinnytaste.com with the alterations we used...the kids LOVED this--gobbled it right up! Even though it has mushrooms...which we are all still learning to love! :) Mushrooms and all, it was a big hit!
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  • 6 oz no yolk noodles (you can use Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, or brown rice pasta for gluten free)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, minced fine
  • 3 tbsp flour (gluten free use rice flour)
  • 1 3/4 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 5 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms (she used more, but we felt 5 oz. was plenty!)
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas (thawed)
  • 2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained (I used albacore)
  • 1C reduced fat cheddar
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat (or white) seasoned breadcrumbs

Cook noodles in salted water until al dente, or slightly undercooked by 2 minutes. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large deep skillet. Add onions and cook on medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and stir well, cooking an additional 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat

Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spray 9 x 12 casserole with butter flavored cooking spray.

Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until well combined, increasing heat to medium and whisking well for 30 seconds, then add the milk and bring to a boil. When boiling add mushrooms and petite peas, adjust salt and pepper to taste and simmer on medium, mixing occasionally until it thickens (about 6-7 minutes).Add drained tuna, stirring another minute.

Remove from heat and add 1 cup reduced fat cheese and mix well until it melts. Add the noodles to the sauce and mix well until evenly coated. Pour into casserole and top with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray and top and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. Place under the broiler a few minutes to get the crumbs crisp (careful not to burn).

Serves 6 large portions  8 pt+


Carrie said...

I love tuna casserole!

Kathy said...

Thanks for posting this! I am definitely going to have to try this - it's one my all-time favorite "comfort" foods. Dave doesn't care for it at all, so I make it when he's out of town.. Gee, when does he leave next? :)