This recipe for tuna pasta casserole will please even the fussiest eaters. With creamed corn, peas and zucchini this dish is healthy and a complete meal. Serve with crusty bread and a sweet white wine.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
- 1/3 Cup Butter or Margarine
- 1 Large Onion Chopped
- 1 Zucchini Sliced
- ½ Cup Plain Flour
- 2 Cups Vegetable Stock
- 1 Cup Milk
- ¼ Tsp. Ground Pepper
- ½ Cup Peas
- 14.5 oz. (410g) Can Creamed Corn
- 15 oz. (425g) Can Tuna in Springwater
- 2 Cups Dry Large Shell Pasta
- 1 ½ Cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
- ¾ Cup Crackers Crushed
- 1 Tbsp. Butter or Margarine
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat then add the onion and zucchini. Cook until tender then sprinkle over the plain flour. Stir for one minute then slowly add the vegetable stock and milk. Stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
- Next take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the pepper, peas, creamed corn and the drained tuna.
- Cook the pasta to the packet directions then add to the saucepan. Mix well then tip out into a greased casserole dish approx. 13 inch (32 cm) x 9 inch (22 cm) x 2 inch (5 cm) deep.
- Make the topping by crushing the salty crackers. You want to have large bits and small bits then add them to a bowl with the cheese and butter. Rub the butter through with your fingers then sprinkle over the top of the casserole.
- Bake in a preheated oven 375°F (190°C) for 30 to 40 minutes until sides are bubbly and the top is golden.
Crackers can be easily crushed using your fingers but if you have arthritis try putting the crackers between plastic wrap and hit with the end of a rolling pin.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 38.65 g||59.5%|
|Saturated Fat 15.927 g||79.6%|
|Trans Fat 0.658 g|
|Cholesterol 106 mg||35.3%|
|Sodium 917 mg||38.2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 86.13 g||28.7%|
|Dietary Fiber 8.6 g||34.4%|
|Sugars 9.31 g|
|Protein 41.82 g|
|Vitamin A 1650 IU||Vitamin C 13.3 mg|
|Calcium 416 mg||Iron 4.11 mg|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; use a gluten free creamed corn or make it yourself from fresh corn kernels. Simply slice off the corn then process in a food processor with a little sugar and water. Cook in a saucepan until thickened. Replace the plain flour with cornstarch, use a gluten free vegetable stock., gluten free pasta of your choice and gluten free crackers for the topping.
For dairy free; replace the butter with dairy free spread then check the stock, creamed corn and crackers for dairy. Replace the cheese with lactose or dairy free cheese. Some dairy intolerance sufferers can tolerate hard cheeses such as cheddar.
Canned tuna is inexpensive to buy and can go a long way especially in pasta dishes. Consider buying canned tuna in bulk as it has a long shelf life and is a handy emergency item to have in the pantry.
Crackers that have been opened for a while are perfect as a topping on casseroles as they crisp up again in the oven. Just make sure they aren’t past their used by date.
Any leftover casserole can be frozen in freezer and microwave safe containers. Reheat in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir then heat for 2 to 3 minutes more until hot. This makes a wonderful lunch especially on a cool day.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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