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Broccoli Tuna Casserole Recipe

Broccoli Tuna Casserole Recipe

When I was in the Navy, a co-worker's wife shared this recipe with me. I’ve tweaked it over the years, but it still brings back memories of my "family" away from home. —Yvonne Cook, Haskins, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 cups uncooked whole wheat egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 4 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 2 pouches (6.4 ounces each) albacore white tuna in water
  • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a shallow 3-qt. or 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch, milk and seasonings until smooth; stir into pan. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese until melted; stir in broccoli and tuna.
  • 3. Spoon over noodles; mix well. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Toss bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 271 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 601mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Reviews for Broccoli Tuna Casserole

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"This is a good switch from the traditional tuna casserole. All tuna casseroles that I've tried are pretty bland, and this one isn't much better in that department. I think a little seasoning added to the casserole and especially the Panko would do wonders to brighten it up a bit. I might also try substituting a little sharp cheddar for half of the Monterrey Jack to see if that helps."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Didnt have any fat free milk so used regular and used canned tuna instead of a pouch, turned out well, family went back for seconds, put some in a small casserole dish to freeze so will see how that cooks after being frozen.! Will make again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"This was easy to make but I'll use more cheese next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"I would really have given this a 3.5 if I could. I appreciated many things about this casserole--the crunchy topping, the nutritional value, and the fact that it does not use a can of creamed soup as its base. Being a Yankee transport to the South several decades ago, I have become used to flavors that are more vibrant. This one for me did not have that vibrant flavor thing going on. I would have to perhaps add a teaspoon of Cajun/Creole seasoning to make it come more alive. But of course, that's personal preference. Also, this one is not a "30-Minute Meal"--it does take time for preparation--and that's also ok if you have the time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"Going to try it. Looks fantastic!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I thought this recipe was good and overall easy to make. I think there needs to be more sauce too. At first I thought it would be soupy, but after baking the noodles soak up some sauce. Would like to try again and maybe double the sauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"My husband hates peas, so I was hopeful about this recipe, and was interested in a recipe I could freeze for those days when I just don't feel like cooking. It was okay. Not a keeper, but worth a dinner. I agree, the noodles were a little dry and needed more sauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"This was a different way to have tuna noodle casserole. As a healthy eater, I try to find recipes without cream soups & processed cheese so this one was PERFECT! I didn't have broccoli so I used peas & omitted the crumb/butter topping. My entire family enjoyed this one & the unique flavor the seasonings added."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"I had tuna that I needed to use. I will make again but I will use Chicken instead of tuna. I didn't really like the tuna and broccoli together but the overall casserole I think is very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"Perhaps because I had to cut the recipe down by one half, the results were not as perfect as the original. It wasn't as creamy as it should have been, and as a result, it was too dry. I will make this again, but I will add more of the sauce, and reduce the baking time, and cut the broccoli into very small pieces. The concept is great, but for a smaller family, it needs tweaking."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"We enjoyed this recipe much better than the traditional tuna noodle casserole we grew up eating. The panko bread crumbs on top made for a great crunchy topping. My husband who is not a broccoli fan went back for seconds and took the leftovers in his lunch.

I made this in two smaller square casserole dishes and froze one for a later dinner. I thought it took awhile to throw together on a busy weeknight but was well worth it because I have another one all ready for the oven next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"I went looking for some good casserole recipes with fall approaching. This was a tasty version of the standard tuna and noodle casserole. The creamy sauce was thick and flavorful, and I really liked that it didn't use canned soup, which I rarely use anymore. Delicious, and it will be on our menu again this fall."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"It was a nice alternative for our usual tuna and noodle casserole. We enjoyed the broccoli in it. Next time I would make a little additional sauce with the broth and cornstarch. I didn't have thyme so substituted oregano. I divided it between two 9" dishes and froze one for later use. Great flavor!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.