Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuna Casserole

I have to say first off that my husband was a bit wary of having this dish when I told him what I was making for supper tonight.... He's not a huge tuna fan... But I found this recipe on Pinterest and really wanted to try it out to see if the "Skinnytaste" version of this casserole was as good as the regular version I've had before... I must say... It was just as good... Even better. And the husband gave it 2 thumbs up! So will be making this again for sure! If you want to see all the calories, WW points ect just check out the site here: skinnytaste Tuna Noodle Casserole

Here is the my version of the recipe, just a few tweaks:

Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole

6 oz no yolk noodles - I used egg noodles
1 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, minced fine
3 tbsp flour
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup 1% milk
1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained (I used albacore)
4 oz cheddar cheese
cooking spray
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
2 tbsp whole wheat 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 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. 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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