One-skillet tuna noodle casserole

An easy one-pot makeover of this comfort food favorite

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Tuna noodle casserole is one of those classic American dishes. Typically baked in a casserole dish and loaded with fat and calories, it's not something you eat regularly if you want to stay svelte. However, this one-skillet tuna noodle dish isn't just easier to make (and clean up), it's made with light cream and skim milk, so it's healthier than the original.

One-skillet tuna noodle casserole

Serves about 6

Who said comfort food had to weigh you down? Enjoy it more often with this light, easy and delicious meal! Plus, it's all made in one pot, so clean up is a breeze!

Recipe provided by the Realistic Nutritionist.


  • 8 ounces fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 12 ounces (about 2-1/2 cans) chunk light tuna, drained
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup peas
  • 5 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Boil pasta in a large pot with a dash of salt until tender, about 8 minutes. Remove, rinse and set aside.
  2. In a deep pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until just softened, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes. Add flour and coat to cover the veggies. Pour wine in and cook until most of it cooks out, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add in milk, cream, peas, and tuna. Let it simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. Liberally season with salt, basil and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in noodles, cheeses, parsley and basil. Serve warm.

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.