Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole

Someone asked me the other day what food I didn’t like when I was young that I like now.  At the time I couldn’t think of anything, but now I remember hating tuna noodle casserole.  I am not sure what I didn’t like about it, but I wish I appreciated it more when I could eat whatever the heck I wanted.  My mom put potato chips on top and I’m sure there was some cheese in there.  I guess the tuna warmed up has a different flavor – maybe that was it.  Although I loved tuna melts so who knows.

I have noticed that my kids don’t always like casseroles and I have determined that it’s because kids like to see what they are eating.  Their palettes aren’t always sophisticated enough to appreciate flavors being mixed together…or something like that.  Is it an oxymoron to say that they aren’t sophisticated enough to enjoy casseroles?  Anyways, my youngest, who is really a good eater, doesn’t like things mixed together.  So, needless to say she picked the noodles out of this casserole and ate her salad.  Oh well.  Ella, however, finished her plate before I finished my salad.  She is sometimes picky with casseroles, but she gobbled this up.

I loved this slimmed down version of tuna noodle casserole.  I don’t think you give up ANY of the flavor with this and it has a nice and creamy consistency.  I actually had this again today for lunch and it still tasted great two days later.

Jim and I have been tracking our calories to see if we can lose a few pounds before swimsuit season.  I can share the spreadsheet that I put together if anyone would be interested in using it.  You have to figure out your calories, but it subtracts them out for you and tells you how many calories are remaining.   To find calories I have googled “how many calories are in……”  Not real scientific, but it has worked for me.  I’m sure there is a good site out there, but I just haven’t done a lot of research yet.

I also bought a kitchen scale at a garage sale last weekend.  I realized that to really count calories you need to know how much your food weighs.

I will keep you posted on my progress.  Ideally I would like to lose about 10 pounds by the end of May/Mid June.  Once I reach that I will be pretty happy with my progress.  So far, I think I have lost a pound…will know more in a day or two. is a great resource if you are counting your calories.  She includes points if you are doing Weight Watchers, but I am mainly interested in calories for the sake of this experiment.  I will probably try a few more of her recipes in the next month.  It’s nice when you can make a casserole and you have the calories counted out for you.

Source: Slightly adapted from

Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole
Recipe type: Casserole
  • 6 oz no yolk noodles
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1¾ cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 oz sherry
  • 10 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 2 (5 oz) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 4 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar, shredded
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat panko (or regular panko if you can't find whole wheat)
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. You will want them to be slightly undercooked.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat and sauté onion and garlic until the onions are translucent - about 5-6 minutes. Add the flour and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the broth and whisk for about 30 seconds until smooth. Next add the milk and bring to a boil. Add the sherry, peas, mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until this mixture thickens stirring occasionally (should take about 5-6 minutes.) Add tuna and mix thoroughly.
  5. Take mixture off the meat and stir in the shredded cheese. Stir until thoroughly melted and then stir in the noodles. Pour into baking dish and top with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Spray top lightly with cooking spray.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. If you would like your breadcrumbs to get a bit crisper place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!



  1. Jenn's Food Journey says:

    I loved tuna casserole growing up… and I still do. My mom’s was way simple… noodles, cream of celery soup, tuna and bread crumbs.. this is so much more an adult version!

  2. I haven’t even had tuna casserole in ages!! I love that this is a skinny version – need to try!!

  3. I love tuna fish – always have – but the rest of the family can’t stand it. Even when I open a tin of it the kitchen clears really quickly. I don’t understand it. So I don’t very often have it . But this dish sounds really lovely. I suppose I could make it and keep it in the fridge for a day or so.

  4. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    I love this tuna noodle casserole. But in my house I am the only one that would eat it, so I never make tuna casserole.

  5. I’ve only had tuna noodle casserole a few times before and it was nothing special. I bet this is a lot better! I like the idea of potato chips on top – tuna sandwiches and chips naturally go together! Good luck with your weight loss! I am in the same boat.

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