This Lightened-Up Tuna Noodle Casserole is a healthier spin on a childhood comfort food favorite. Even my baby loves this dinner!
When I was growing up, Tuna Noodle Casserole was one of those dinners that my mom made regularly because it made everyone happy. For me, the meal represents home-cooking at its finest! But some recipes for the creamy pasta dish are not exactly friendly on the waist line. That’s why this particular dinner is so great!
After our recent success with Tuna Melt Sliders, I realized how much my kids enjoy this particular fish, so I decided to try to incorporate tuna into more of our meals. It’s good for us, affordable, and easy to keep on hand in the pantry. I came up with this Lightened-Up version in an effort to make it just a wee bit healthier for all of my hungry little men.
Ten-month-old baby Spence already takes great joy in eating whatever his older brothers are eating. And you know what? Just like Casey and Gibbs, he devoured this meal. In fact, he was jamming fistfuls of it into his mouth as quickly as possible…a true sign of success! And I promise, it’s still creamy and full of that delicious flavor that you know and love. I couldn’t even tell that this was “lighter” than my mom’s classic version!
Lightened-Up Tuna Noodle Casserole
- 1 cup uncooked whole grain elbow macaroni
- ½ cup diced celery
- ½ cup diced onion
- 6 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 10 ¾ ounce can Healthy Request condensed cream of mushroom soup
- ¾ cup evaporated non-fat milk
- 1 12 ounce can tuna packed in water, drained
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add celery, onion, and mushrooms and cook until tender.
- Stir in condensed soup and evaporated milk. Gently fold in pasta, tuna, and peas.
- Transfer mixture to a 1 ½ quart baking dish.
- In a small bowl, toss together Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.
- Sprinkle cheese mixture on top of pasta. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown on top.
- Garnish with fresh parsley.