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Broccoli Tuna Casserole

When I was in the Navy, a co-worker's wife shared this recipe with me. I’ve tweaked it over the years, but it still brings back memories of my "family" away from home. —Yvonne Cook, Haskins, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 cups uncooked whole wheat egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 4 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 2 pouches (6.4 ounces each) albacore white tuna in water
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a shallow 3-qt. or 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch, milk and seasonings until smooth; stir into pan. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese until melted; stir in broccoli and tuna.
  • Spoon over noodles; mix well. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Toss bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is melted, 15-20 minutes longer.
    Freeze option: Cool unbaked casserole; cover and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 271 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 601mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.
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