WW Recipe of the Day: Low-Calorie Single Serve Cheesy Tuna Casserole
Here's an easy single serve gooey, yummy tuna casserole which is actually filled with protein and low calorie.
I love my comfort food and tuna noodle casserole has been with me since childhood. We used to have it when we had good days, hard days and those times when we needed a tasty dinner and we needed it quick.
It's quite versatile and can please the gluten-free by substituting rice, cauliflower rice or other wheat-free pasta.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Tuna Casserole for One?
According to my calculations, each serving has 279 calories and:
9 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
9 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
7 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
How to Make this Easy Tuna Casserole for One
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray a small baking dish with non-stick spray.
Step 3: In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the pasta, tuna, chopped red pepper and mozzarella cheese. Season lightly with salt and peppers.
Step 4: Spoon tuna mixture into prepared baking dish and top with cheddar cheese.
Step 5: Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheddar cheese is melted, the dish is heated through and bubbly.
Step 6: Serve hot.
My tip for roasting peppers on your own: I put the pepper in my toaster oven and char both sides, then place it in a plastic bag until cool. This makes for really easy peeling.
Wheat pasta generally expands when it cooks, so if you need 2 cups, start with about 1 cup of raw noodles. Alternative pastas on the other hand remain about the same raw or cooked, so keep that in mind if you use gluten-free pasta.
As an alternative to baking the casserole, it can also be microwaved instead. It will bubble and melt however the crispy bits that I love around the edges will be missing.
What to Serve with this Tuna Casserole?
A small green salad or some crunchy veggies like cucumber, carrots and celery would be a good contrast to the creamy casserole. Serve a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc to round it out and a dish of applesauce or fruit compote for dessert.
Ways to Use Leftovers
If you have a few bites left over, save them in a small cup and microwave for an easy snack. The casserole is really good reheated; I found very little difference between the leftovers and the delicious bowl right out of the oven.
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Cheesy Tuna Casserole for One
- 1 cup cooked whole wheat penne or fusilli pasta
- 1 can (3 ounces) tuna in olive oil, undrained
- 1 roasted red pepper, seeded and chopped
- ½ cup shredded light mozzarella cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray a small baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the pasta, tuna, chopped pepper and mozzarella cheese. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Spoon tuna mixture into the prepared pan and top with cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the cheddar is melted, the dish is heated through and bubbly.
- Serve hot.
*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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