Veggie-Tuna Noodle Casserole Recipe
Add two zucchini and you have a healthier version of a traditional tuna noodle casserole. The fresh basil and tomatoes offer a flavorful twist.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings
- 3 cups uncooked egg noodles
- 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 cans (5 ounces each) tuna, drained and flaked
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
- 1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute zucchini in 1 teaspoon oil until crisp-tender; remove from skillet and set aside.
- 2. In the same pan, saute celery in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
- 3. Drain noodles; place in a large bowl. Stir in the tuna, sour cream, mayonnaise, green onions, mustard, thyme, salt, pepper and celery mixture.
- 4. Spoon half of the noodle mixture into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish; top with half of the zucchini. Repeat layers.
- 5. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Combine tomato and basil; sprinkle over casserole. Yield: 6 servings.
1 serving equals 327 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 591 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g protein.
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