Monday, April 16, 2012

Tuna Noodle Casserole

I found this recipe for Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole (from on Pinterest.
It's super yummy! The last tuna casserole I made was very cheesy and 
the tuna was overpowering. This one offered a nice mix of flavors!

Here is the recipe (my modifications are in red):

6 oz no yolk noodles (you can use Ronzoni Healthy Harvest, or brown rice pasta for gluten free) I used 8oz of Publix spaghetti noodles
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 1% milk I used 2%
1 oz sherry (optional) I didn't have any, so I left this out..but I will use next time to enhance flavor
10 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms I used white mushrooms (because they were on sale)
1 cup frozen petite peas (thawed)
2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained (I used albacore) I used chunk white albacore
4 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar (I used Cabot) I used Kraft (because it was on sale)
butter flavored cooking spray I used regular PAM
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
2 tbsp whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs I used regular, non-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, addsherry, 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 sharp cheddar 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).

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