Forget the canned soup—this quick and healthy tuna noodle casserole turns pantry staples into a skillet supper in a flash! Serve with a tossed salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare casserole through stovetop steps, spoon into an 8-inch square glass baking dish, cover with foil and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese and bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes. Uncover and cook until browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes more.
- 8 ounces whole-wheat egg noodles
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups nonfat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 12 ounces canned chunk light tuna (see Ingredient Notes), drained
- 1 cup frounceen peas, thawed
- 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/2 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Ingredient Notes)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.
Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, mushrooms and salt and cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add wine and cook until evaporated, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables; stir to coat. Add milk and pepper and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Stir in tuna, peas and 1/2 cup Parmesan until evenly incorporated. Then, stir in the noodles (the pan will be very full). Remove from the heat.
Sprinkle the casserole with breadcrumbs and the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Broil until bubbly and lightly browned on top, 3 to 4 minutes.
Tuna - Canned white tuna comes from the large albacore and can be high in mercury content. Chunk light, on the other hand, which comes from smaller fish, skipjack or yellowfin, is best for health-conscious eaters. According to a study, canned white tuna samples averaged up to three times more mercury than chunk light tuna samples. FDA/EPA advice recommends no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces canned light is considered safe.
Breadcrumbs - We like Ian’s brand labeled "Panko breadcrumbs." Find them in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets. To make your own, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees F until crispy, about 15 minutes. One slice of fresh bread makes about 1/3 cup dry crumbs.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
406 calories; 8g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 53mg cholesterol; 684mg sodium; 47g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 32g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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