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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cheesy Tuna Pasta Casserole a One-Dish Meal

Tuna noodle is an easy one-dish meal, however if you need a change try making cheesy tuna pasta casserole. Simply by adding the cheese you have given your recipe some dairy/protein making it a well-balanced meal.


According to World'sHealthiestFoods.com, “To get the most omega 3 fats from your canned tuna, choose water-packed tuna rather than oil-packed. The oil mixes with some of the tuna’s natural fat, so when you drain oil-packed tuna, some of its omega-3 fatty acids also go down the drain. Since oil and water don’t mix, water-packed tuna won’t leach any of its precious omega-3s.
Canned in water and drained, 6 ounces of light meat tuna typically provide a little less than .5 gram of omega-3 fatty acids, while light tuna canned in oil and drained provides a little more than .3 grams of omega 3.”


Ingredients needed to make Cheesy Tuna Pasta Casserole:

 

  • 1-16 oz package of pasta your favorite kind; Rotini, Farfalli Bow ties, Conchiglie Shells etc.
  • 1-16 oz jar Cheesy Ragu Double Cheddar
  • 3-5 oz cans of tuna; water packed
  • 1-15 oz can of peas; optional
  • 3-6 oz French Fried Onions; French’s or any store brand will  

Instructions to make Cheesy Tuna Pasta Casserole:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 20 minutes will suffice.
  2. Using a pan that can go from the stovetop, directly in the oven, fill with water and heat to boiling. Dump in the pasta and cook until lightly al dente`. Al dente` means pasta that has been cooked to be firm but not hard. Drain off any excess water.
  3. Pour the Ragu Cheddar Cheese into the pasta, rinse the Ragu jar with a little milk or water and swish it around. Pour it in the pasta and stir.
  4. Without draining, add the water packed tuna to the pasta. Stir in the peas and top with the French-fried onions and place in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Tip:

If you prefer use an extra jar of cheese for the extra cheesy result.

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