Old-Fashioned Tuna Noodle Casserole

Old-Fashioned Tuna Noodle Casserole

Serves 4 to 6

Whole-wheat noodles, sliced mushrooms, flaky tuna, chopped red pepper and diced onion are generously covered in a delicate white cream sauce and then topped with bread crumbs. Baked to a golden brown, this healthful dish, with its classic comfort food taste and warm aroma, makes an ideal entrée for a chilly winter's day.

Ingredients: 
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups dried whole wheat ribbon noodles
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups low fat or whole milk, warm
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 6 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans tuna packed in water, drained
  • 3/4 cup dried whole wheat bread crumbs
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain well.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until the mixture bubbles but does not brown. Slowly pour milk into flour mixture, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly, about 3 to 5 more minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set white sauce aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add peppers, mushrooms, onions, salt and pepper and cook for about 7 minutes, or until mushrooms give up their liquid. Add tuna and cooked noodles and toss to combine. Transfer to baking dish and pour reserved white sauce over the top, covering it completely. Season with salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl, mix together bread crumbs and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Arrange bread crumbs evenly over top of white sauce and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:410 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 65mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 8g sugar), 28g protein

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