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Hearty Tuna Casserole Recipe

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Here's a jazzed-up version of Mom's tuna casserole that's sure to be comfort food for the whole family! Jan Heshelman of Bloomfield, Indiana adds pizzazz to the traditional dish with mustard, sour cream, thyme and zucchini. "I found this recipe in a magazine," says Jan. "It is one of the few dishes with zucchini that my husband will eat."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked yolk-free wide noodles
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3/4 cup) equals 279 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 516 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, combine the noodles, tuna, zucchini, sour cream, celery, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, thyme and salt.
  2. Spoon half into a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat layers. Top with tomato.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 minutes longer. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Tuna Casserole in Light & Tasty December/January 2003, p56

Nutritional Facts

One serving (3/4 cup) equals 279 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 516 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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

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Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

glad to see a healthy version of this classic..used Hellman's Balsamic Mayo and Dijon mustard in it and it really was much better tasting while still keeping calories under control.

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

I cut the recipe in half. I used pasta shells instead of noodles, chopped fresh spinach instead of zucchini, added chopped mushrooms, chopped red bell pepper. Since I cut the sauce ingredients in half I was afraid it would be dry so I poured 1/4 cup chicken broth over the whole dish before I baked it. I didn't layer the cheese. I waited until the casserole was cooked through and then added 1/4 cheese on top and let it melt. Turned out really tasty. Would definitely make again.

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mfl
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

I like the idea of adding zucchini to this recipe to add some veggies to the dish...it was very tasty... we enjoyed it. I served it w/a baked tomato dish.

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