Cupboard Cookout: Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Cupboard Cookout: Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of my all-time favorite dishes growing up and it still remains a favorite today. My mom used to make tuna noodle casserole and I never wanted to stop eating it. I would have 2-3 bowls of it as a teenager! Hello melted cheese and pasta. What more deliciousness can you ask for? My mom didn’t include broccoli in it, so I revamped it to have the veggies making this a complete, well-balanced meal in one pot.

To make it kid-friendly, use fun-shaped noodles. I used Radiatori, noodles shaped like radiators. You can also use Farfalle (butterfly-shaped noodles) or any other shape you find. Make it fun.

And this Cupboard Cookout: Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole uses lots of ingredients found in our cupboards such as pasta, canned tuna, canned corn, and cream of mushroom soup. You can use frozen broccoli, too, so it’s an easy recipe when you don’t have fresh items available.

Cupboard Cookout: Healthy Tuna Noodle Casserole
 
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This is one of my all-time favorite dishes growing up and it still remains a favorite today. My mom used to make this dish and I never wanted to stop eating it. Hello melted cheese and pasta. What more deliciousness can you ask for? Here’s a healthy twist on the classic Tuna Noodle Casserole without losing Any of the taste. And the dish is made in just 1 pot! To make it kid-friendly, use fun-shaped noodles. I used Radiatori. They’re shaped like radiators). You can also use Farfalle (butterfly noodles) or any other shape you find. Make it fun.
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Recipe type: Main, Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ bag of pasta, 8 oz., 250 grams, Radiatori
  • 1 head of broccoli or 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1 package of 75% reduced-fat Cabot cheddar cheese or regular shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can tuna in water, drained
  • 1 can corn, no salt added, drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 98% fat free
  • ½ cup 1% or Nonfat milk
Instructions
  1. Boil the water and add the pasta. Look at the back of the bag or box of pasta to see how long to cook it.
  2. Chop the broccoli and add the broccoli to the boiling pasta half way through the cooking time. If using frozen broccoli, just put in 2 cups of broccoli directly into the boiling water. (Example: if you cook the pasta for 12 minutes, add the broccoli after 6 minutes).
  3. Meanwhile, shred the cheese in a grater. Drain the pasta and broccoli.
  4. Over low heat, mix all the ingredients in the pot you cooked the pasta in. Stir and Serve!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 237 Fat: 4.0 Saturated fat: 1.8 Carbohydrates: 31.4 Sugar: 4.0 Sodium: 450.1 Fiber: 2.3 Protein: 19.4 Cholesterol: 16.7
For more recipes using foods found in your cupboards, check out:
Cupboard Cookout: Green Bean Medley with Tuna Salad
Cupboard Cookout: Vegetarian Southwest Protein Pasta Salad
Cupboard Cookout: Sweet and Sour Vegan Stir-Fry

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6 Comments

  1. Phil January 11, 2013 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of adding broccoli to Tuna Noodle Casserole!! It looks yummy. Thank you for the great way to make this dish better.
    Carol

    • Sarah Koszyk MA RD January 14, 2013 at 3:00 am - Reply

      You can also add other types of veggies, too! Some people add green beans, mushrooms, or carrots. You have so many options! Hope you enjoy it.

  2. Stacey April 9, 2014 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I was just thinking my husband loves tuna casserole and I’m not sure my kids have ever tried it before, but this looks and sounds yummy! Adding the ingredients to my shopping list right now…thanks Sarah!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA April 9, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Awesome, Stacey! Hope your family likes it! Let me know their feedback 🙂 Have fun shopping!

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