- 8 ounces wide egg noodles
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1/3 cup chopped carrot
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 3/4 cups fat-free milk
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
- 2 (5-ounce) cans albacore tuna in water, drained and flaked
- Cooking spray
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and carrot; cook 6 minutes or until carrot is almost tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk until slightly thick. Stir in cream cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Remove pan from heat. Stir in noodles, peas, 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and tuna. Spoon mixture into a shallow broiler-safe 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Cooking Light, January 2010
I made this over the weekend on a night where I got home a little late and didn’t have much time. It is super fast and easy, but also incredibly satisfying. I used whole-grain Dijon simply because my regular Dijon overpowers every dish and I actually thought the whole-grain added a nice texture. I also added breadcrumbs on top before broiling – again for additional texture – and doubled the peas and carrots because I love them. The flavor reminds me of a classic tuna-noodle casserole my dad always made, but just a little more grown up due to the Dijon and Parmesan. It doesn’t knock you out of park with flavor, but it might bring you back to simpler times. Definitely a staple dish.