Ok I admit it, I HATE tuna noodle casserole… in fact I HATE tuna fish period! Seriously, I don’t know how anyone can eat something like smells like cat food. But my husband loves it. So, of course, I make it for him. But here’s the great part… I freeze it in portion sizes, and feed it to him when I’m not going to be around for dinner. Works out perfectly for us all.
Here is a great Weight Watchers recipe, full of flavor and good for you!
12 oz uncooked egg noodles ( I up the fiber by using whole wheat noodles)
12 oz water packed tuna fish, drained
2 cups sliced mushrooms, any kind will do
1 cup frozen peas, thawed (or broccoli chopped)
16 oz fat free sour cream
1/2 cup fat free mayonnaise**
2 tsp Dijon mustard (I have used Dijonaisse too, and it doesn’t affect the points)
2 tsp parsley, fresh, chopped (yeah right, we use dried)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup shredded reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese (I have made this with a ton of different cheeses and it all turns out good, use what you have!)
**(Just a note on the fat free mayo, we don’t use it on sandwiches and such but it’s awesome in casseroles! )
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Cook noodles according to package directions without added fat or salt; drain and transfer to a large bowl. Fold in tuna, mushrooms and peas.
- Whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, salt and pepper together in a separate bowl; fold into noodle mixture. Transfer to a 4-quart casserole dish; top with cheese. Bake until top is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Yields about 1 cup per serving.
That’s it! Soooo easy and you can make a TON of it! It’ll freeze for a few months if you wrap it tightly. Let it cool completely before freezing. Easy way to freeze the whole thing is to cook it in dollar store loaf pans then wrap in foil and put in freezer. When you are ready to eat it, let it thaw, and put it in the oven to warm it up. If you freeze in portions, wrap each potion in foil, then put in freezer containers. When you are ready, take one out, let it thaw, and toss it in a covered microwave dish until it’s heated through.