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Tuna-Filled Shells Recipe

Tuna-Filled Shells Recipe

Hot tuna's a hit when you mix it with sizable pasta shells and a cheesy sauce. Dill also complements the fish nicely in this cream comfort food. "It's a great change of pace from the traditional tuna casserole," relates Connie Staal from her home in Greenbrier, Arizona.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 jumbo pasta shells
  • 5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 slices white bread, crumbled
  • 1 can (12 ounces) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Meanwhile in a saucepan, combine the flour, milk, dill and salt until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour 1-1/4 cups sauce into a 2-qt. baking dish; set aside.
  • 2. In a nonstick skillet, saute celery and onion in oil until tender. Add bread. Stir in the tuna, salad dressing and cheese; mix well. Drain shells; stuff with tuna mixture. Place over sauce. Drizzle with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (2 filled shells) equals 291 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 733 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.