Tuna Casserole

This is a surprisingly lowfat version of the classic tuna casserole you grew up with. You make your own creamy mixture, which replaces the high-fat condensed soup in the original version. Fresh bread crumbs toast right on top of the casserole!

2007 Ellie Krieger All right reserved
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings, serving size, 2 1/2 cups
LEVEL: --

ingredients

  • 5 slices whole-wheat bread, crusts included
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large stalk celery, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 (10-ounce) box white mushroom, stemmed and chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 1 percent milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat fettuccine noodles, broken into thirds and cooked according to package directions
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 (6-ounce) cans chunk light tuna in water, drained
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Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place bread in food processor and pulse for 30 seconds into bread crumbs (makes about 2 1/2 to 3 cups crumbs).

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions are soft and translucent, 8 minutes. Add celery and cook, stirring, until just tender, 6 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until mushrooms release their water, 5 to 7 minutes. Add flour all at once and stir immediately and vigorously with a wooden spoon until flour is completely incorporated into vegetable mixture until there are no flour lumps. Add milk and broth, stir to combine and bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to a vigorous simmer and cook, stirring, until liquid has thickened and reduced by about 1/2 cup, 7 to 8 minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine. Combine cooked pasta, vegetable-liquid mixture, broccoli, peas and tuna and toss to incorporate. Pour into a 9 by 13-inch casserole. Top with bread crumbs. Bake for 25 minutes, or until crumbs are golden brown and toasted.

Per Serving:
Calories 500; Total Fat 7 g; (Sat Fat 1.5 g, Mono Fat 2 g, Poly Fat 1 g) ; Protein 49 g; Carb 56 g; Fiber 11 g; Cholesterol 75 mg; Sodium 990 mg

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  • on June 26, 2011

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    This recipe is great b/c I don't have to use the cream of mushroom can. I added more celery and broccoli, the veggie serving suggestion wasn't enough. Also this dish can be bland if you don't add some sort of herbs or spice - I added garlic when cooking the onion, more salt and pepper, and a little hot curry - amazing! I also added some cheddar and half-n-half. Also used penne pasta. Definitely too much crust/topping, so I put less and had my own seasoned bread crumbs with parmasan. All in all, this dish is alright, but you MUST add flavor.

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