Better For You Tuna Pasta Casserole

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This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

Today I wanted to share with you my newest recipe makeover: this delicious “better for you” tuna pasta casserole.

When it comes to easy dinner recipes for the family, nothing beats a casserole. Tuna noodle casserole is a classic, and has been one of our family favorites for years.

This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

To lighten up our traditional tuna noodle casserole recipe I simply swapped out a few of the ingredients for lighter options. Instead of butter I used Mazola® Corn Oil. I also substituted whole grain pasta for regular pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup for regular mushroom soup, reduced fat cheddar cheese for regular cheddar cheese, reduced fat cream cheese for regular cream cheese, skim milk for whole milk, and whole wheat cracker crumbles for bread crumbs.

This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

And you know what? My tuna pasta casserole is still creamy and delicious!

You can find a printable version of the recipe at the bottom of the post.

Tuna Pasta Casserole Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups multigrain or whole-grain rotini (or your choice of pasta)
  • 3 teaspoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed low fat cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 container (8 oz) reduced-fat sour cream½ cup skim milk
  • 2 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cans (5 oz each) solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup whole grain crackers, coarsely crushed

Making Tuna Pasta Casserole

This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

Prepare pasta by cooking for 2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat the oven to 375°F.

This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

In a large bowl, mix Mazola® Corn Oil, soup, sour cream, milk, cream cheese, pepper, and garlic powder until well mixed. Then, stir in peas, pasta, tuna, and cheddar cheese.

Transfer mixture into 9×13 baking dish, spreading evenly. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

Remove and sprinkle with crushed crackers. Return to oven for 15-20 additional minutes, or until top is lightly golden brown and sauce is bubbling. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

I hope that you enjoy this tasty and “better for your” tuna pasta casserole. If you try it, we would love to hear how you like it in the comments below!

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5 from 5 votes

Better For You Tuna Pasta Casserole

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for lighter alternatives.

Ingredients
 

  • 2 ½ cups multigrain or whole-grain rotini
  • 3 teaspoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 can 10 3/4 oz condensed low fat cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 container 8 oz reduced-fat sour cream½ cup skim milk
  • 2 ounce reduced fat cream cheese softened
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups frozen peas thawed
  • 2 cans 5 oz each solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup whole grain crackers coarsely crushed

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta by cooking for 2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix Mazola, soup, sour cream, milk, cream cheese, pepper, and garlic powder until well mixed. Then, stir in peas, pasta, tuna, and cheddar cheese.
  • Transfer mixture into 9x13 baking dish, spreading evenly. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and sprinkle with crushed crackers. Return to oven for 15-20 additional minutes, or until top is lightly golden brown and sauce is bubbling. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 258mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

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This better for your version of a classic tuna pasta casserole swaps out some of the traditional ingredients for healthier alternatives such as multigrain pasta, low fat cream of mushroom soup, skim milk, reduced fat cheddar cheese, whole grain cracker crumbles, and Mazola Corn oil.

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  1. I love how you took a class Tuna casserole and gave it a healthy makeover. This looks so good, and I bet no one would even notice that it’s better for you than the classic. Thanks for the great recipe!

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