Friday, February 1, 2013

"Skinny" Tuna Noodle Casserole

Jana here with a healthy, easy, weeknight recipe!  I would classify this as 'comfort food', and I think it's a great recipe to make in the cooler months.  This dish is perfect for a main dish, and you could easily add garlic toast, a side salad, or another vegetable side dish to go alongside.  The prep time for this is very minimal, it is an inexpensive meal to make, and should make plenty for a family of 4 to eat for two nights!  I found this recipe here, and followed it fairly closely.  We will definitely be eating this again!  (I never post something if it's not 'definitely make again' status!)

"Skinny" Tuna Noodle Casserole

6 ounces 'no yolk' noodles
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon dried, minced onion
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons flour
1 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
1 cup 1% milk
8-10 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
salt and pepper
2 (5 ounce) cans tuna in water, drained
4 ounces reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons bread crumbs

1. Boil noodles according to package directions.  Cook them about 2 minutes less than called for, so they will remain firm even after baking.

2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium low heat.  Add the onion and garlic, cooking for 1-2 minutes.  Add the flour slowly, stirring constantly.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.

4. Slowly add the chicken broth, whisking or stirring constantly.  Add the milk, increase the heat, and bring to a boil.  Once it reaches a boil, add the mushrooms and peas.  Simmer on medium for 6-7 minutes, or until it is beginning to thicken.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add the two cans of tuna, stirring to mix well.

5. Reduce from heat, and add the shredded cheese, stirring until melted and combined.  Stir in the cooked noodles.  Pour mixture into the baking dish.  Top with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbling.  Broil on high heat for a very short time to brown the bread crumbs. (watch this VERY carefully so you do not burn the food)


1 comment:

  1. This is my absolute favorite Tuna Noodle Casserole! Mr. Mister is a fan too.