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Homey Tuna Noodle Casserole

Homey Tuna Noodle Casserole
Los Angeles Times

A tuna noodle casserole is the ultimate comfort food, in my book. But the downside of the homey, traditional casserole is its fat and calories. With cream of mushroom soup, half-and-half, tuna packed in oil, butter--it's loaded. This reduced-fat version ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes | Serves 6
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup nonfat half-and-half
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 pound medium egg noodles
  • 1 (12 1/2-ounce) can tuna packed in water, drained
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Step 1Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush a 9-inch round baking dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter.

Step 2Spray a saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and heat until the butter is melted. Add the onion and celery and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and continue to cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are tender, about 2 minutes.

Step 3Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the flour until blended. Gradually blend in a little milk and stir until the mixture looks smooth. Stir in the remaining milk and half-and-half. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until the sauce begins to simmer and thicken, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the peas. Season with the salt and pepper.

Step 4Cook the noodles in boiling salted water until they are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain.

Step 5Spread 1/3 of the drained noodles evenly across the baking dish. Arrange 1/2 of the drained tuna over the noodles, then pour 1/3 of the sauce over the top, spreading to the edges. Repeat the layers. Top with the remaining noodles and sauce.

Step 6Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until the butter is melted. Add the bread crumbs and stir until the bread crumbs begin to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Spoon the bread crumbs over the top of the casserole.

Step 7Bake until the casserole is hot through the center, 30 to 35 minutes.


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