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Whenever I am looking to make a “better for you” version of a recipe I look for ingredients that I can swap out for lighter alternatives. Cholesterol free Mazola® Corn Oil is the perfect ingredient to replace butter and other oils in recipes. A clinical study showed Mazola® Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com. I love that Mazola® Corn Oil has a neutral taste that lets the natural flavors of recipes through. Since it is made with 100% pure oil and contains no additives, it doesn't impact the taste of my ingredients. Plus, with a high 450°F smoke point, Mazola® Corn Oil is perfect for everything from baking to stir-frying and sautéing.
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 pasta casserole is a classic, and has been one of our family favorites for years.
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.
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
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® 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.
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 featuring Mazola® Corn Oil. If you try it, we would love to hear how you like it in the comments below!