Casseroles traditionally use salty canned soup as a base. Not this one! This low sodium tuna noodle casserole cooks up quickly with an easy homemade sauce. This is a low salt take on an old-school classic recipe…comfort food at its best!
The ingredients are simple and fairly affordable. The biggest spend is on the tuna since “no salt added” tuna fish is slightly more costly than a traditional canned tuna fish. However, you will notice a huge difference in taste. You’ll actually be able to taste tuna! It is amazing how the flavor changes when loads of salt are removed.
I’m using a bag of frozen peas and carrots because it is easy to grab out of the freezer and the bag has zero added salt. But you can easily change things up with different vegetables. Chop up some sauteed mushrooms or add in some green beans. Have fun and make it your own!
- 1 package (12 oz.) of No Yolk Egg Noodles
- 2 diced celery ribs (aka two stalks of celery)
- 1/2 onion diced
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 2 cups of unsalted chicken broth
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
- 3 cans of StarKist Selects No Salt Added Chunk White Albacore Tuna
- 1 bag (12 oz) of frozen peas and carrots (defrosted)
- 3 tablespoons of flour
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1 sleeve of Ritz “Hint of Salt” Crackers
- Cook noodles in unsalted water until al dente - the noodles will spend time in the oven so you want them a bit undercooked out of the pot. Once done, drain and set aside.
- While noodles are cooking, melt butter on medium-high heat in a dutch oven. Add diced celery, and onion. Saute until the onion is softened, about 4 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for about a minute. Do not let the garlic burn!
- Add 3 tablespoons of flour and continually mix for a minute or two until the flour is completely incorporated.
- In a large measuring cup mix one cup of cold milk with one tablespoon of cornstarch. Stir briskly to dissolve cornstarch. Now add the two cups of unsalted chicken broth. Stir together.
- Slowly add milk/chicken broth mixture to your dutch oven, continuously stirring. Add pepper and stir until sauce thickens.
- Add tuna, peas, carrots, and noodles. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish that was prepared with cooking spray. Even out the mixture.
- Sprinkle crackers evenly across the top of the casserole.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until topping is golden brown and the casserole is bubbling.
- This recipe is perfect when you top it with a sleeve of crushed Ritz Crackers…the “Hint of Salt” version they offer. These low sodium crackers add that traditional buttery crunchy topping but with far less salt than regular crackers.
- Don’t have Ritz “Hint of Salt” Crackers? Use panko bread crumbs! Just melt some unsalted butter in the microwave and mix your panko in with the melted butter. Then sprinkle on top of your casserole.
- I use a dutch oven for this recipe because I like the even heat and I find it easier to mix everything together at the end. But if you don’t have a dutch oven, you could use a large skillet.
- Cooked chicken breast also works well with this recipe!
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 176Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 62mgSodium 98mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 12g
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