Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe
Tuna Noodle Casserole is a classic dish that many of us grew up on. However, the traditional version is loaded with unhealthy ingredients such as canned cream soup, mayonnaise and processed cheese. Luckily, there’s a healthier alternative that will satisfy your cravings for comfort food while providing you with essential nutrients. Here’s a healthy tuna noodle casserole recipe that you can feel good about serving to your family.
– 8oz of whole grain pasta shells
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
– 1 cup of low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
– 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
– 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
– 1 teaspoon of dried basil
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 2 cans of tuna, drained
– 1 cup of frozen peas
– 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
– 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
– Cooking spray
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
2. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the flour, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes until it resembles a smooth paste.
4. Gradually whisk in the chicken or vegetable broth and almond milk. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
5. Add the garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes until it becomes thick and creamy.
6. Add the drained tuna, frozen peas, and cooked pasta to the skillet. Stir gently until everything is well combined.
7. Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 inch baking dish that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
8. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.
9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
10. Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving.
– Use whole grain pasta shells for added fiber.
– Instead of cream soup, use a homemade sauce made from almond milk and chicken or vegetable broth to reduce calories and unhealthy fats.
– Use canned tuna in water instead of oil to reduce calories and unhealthy fats.
– Use frozen peas to add vitamins and fiber.
– Top with a breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mixture for added crunch.
– Enjoy a healthier version of a classic comfort food!