Light-But-Hearty Tuna Casserole Recipe
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Light-But-Hearty Tuna Casserole Recipe

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My boyfriend grew up loving his mother's tuna casserole and says he can't even tell that this one is light! We have it at least once a month. I usually serve it with a salad, but it has enough veggies to stand on its own. —Heidi Carofano, Brooklyn, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked yolk-free noodles
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) reduced-fat reduced-sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 can (5 ounces) albacore white tuna in water
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 322 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 843mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the soup, milk, mayonnaise and mustard. Stir in the mushrooms, tuna and red pepper. Drain noodles; add to soup mixture and stir until blended. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Light-But-Hearty Tuna Casserole in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Very tasty!! Loved all the veggies and even more can be easily added. Will definitely make this one again!!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2015

"This is a very delicious Tuna Noodle Casserole (just as it's written.) I did however, add in a generous handful of frozen peas & carrots, and I doubled the recipe. This one is a definite keeper!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"Didn't have the roated red peppers, so made it without; still tasted great."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Made a few changes and all around a great dish! I nixed the red pepper and replaced with 1 c. frozen peas(added to last minute of boiling noodles before tossing in) and added diced onions and fresh mushrooms. Also costco tuna is 7oz so it was loaded! Husband loved!"

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"This was very tasty. I added a can of peas without their juice to the recipe. I will definitely make this again."

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