This Cajun Tuna Casserole is sponsored by StarKist. All opinions are my own.
Tuna Casserole enlivened with a punch of Cajun flavors is quick and easy and about to become a new family favorite to satisfy you busy weekdays or any day comfort cravings with out all the guilt!
Tuna Casserole is getting a makeover! This Cajun Tuna Noodle Casserole is loaded with flavor without all the guilt but tastes every bit as decadently delicious! It’s a fabulous make ahead and bake later meal and makes fantastic leftovers!
You guys, I made you a casserole! But this isn’t your grandmother’s casserole. Well, in truth, I can’t say that because I don’t know your grandmother. But I am guessing her casseroles weren’t lightened up, or Cajun spiced, or topped with cheesy panko breadcrumbs. Just a hunch. But honestly, I did make my grandmother’s tuna noodle casserole – or a version of it – all the time in college. It was my guilty pleasure that was so simple to throw together and its creamy, naughty goodness was nothing short of addicting… so addicting.
But what if addicting didn’t have to be bad for you? If a pasta bake could be packed with delicious StarKist® Albacore Tuna that is actually certified by the American Heart Association® and contains at least 12g of protein and 110 mg of omega-3’s per serving?! Now, #thatsNewSchool! StarKist® Albacore Tuna is a flavorful way to make any meal deliciously healthier and a super simple low fat option to fill you up while protecting your heart without slaving away over the stove.
Now that summer is coming to an end and its time to get “back to routine,” StarKist® Albacore Tuna can help you still maintain healthy eating not only at home but on the go as well with their tuna pouches which require no draining, making them perfect of on the go salads, sandwiches or as a substitute for beef or chicken in your favorite recipes.
My Cajun Bacon Tuna Pasta Bake with StarKist® Albacore Tuna can help you still maintain healthy eating amid the bustling school nights because all the ingredients are whipped together in one pot then poured into a casserole dish to bake so its both simple and delicious.
Simply melt 1 tablespoon butter in 1 tablespoon olive oil (only 1 tablespoon butter and NO cream for this whole casserole!) and saute onions, red and green bell peppers, garlic and red pepper flakes for some texture and spice…
Sprinkle in some flour and cook for 2 minutes…
Whisked in your chicken broth and lowfat milk to create a creamy base sauce followed by Cajun seasoning for a creamy Cajun infused sauce…
Then stir in your bacon, tuna, tomatoes and peas…
Followed by both mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for multidimensional flavors…
Fold in your pasta into the creamy, cheesiness…
Pour half of the pasta into a baking dish and sprinkle with cheddar cheese then top with remaining pasta..
Finally, top with a mixture of panko breadcrumbs and cheddar cheese and bake until golden and bubbly.
Not me! Not when bacon, tuna, peppers, peas, tomatoes and pastas enveloped in cheesy Cajun glory is in your very presence – in your kitchen – in your oven – soon to be in your mouth.
To keep this casserole lightened up, not only is only 1 tablespoon butter and zero cream used, I’ve also stuck with a minimal amount of cheese but feel free to amp up the cheese to fulfill your cheesy desires. Personally I don’t think it really needs it because of all the amazing textures going on, but then again – more cheese can never be a bad thing.
3 Cheese Cajun Bacon Tuna Pasta Bake. Lightened up and heart healthy never tasted so good.
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