Bring these two classics together in your grown-up kitchen by trying out a lighter version of Rachael's TUNA MELT MAC N' CHEESE! You're gonna love it!
TUNA MELT MAC N' CHEESE
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook the pasta to less than al dente, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, flake the tuna and add the herbs, onions, mustard, celery, lemon juice, EVOO and some salt and pepper.
Add the pasta and combine well. Transfer to a baking dish or large casserole dish (or individual baking dishes, as pictured at top).
In a medium saucepan (or sauce pot), melt 2 tablespoons ICBINB. Whisk in the flour and cook 1 minute. Then whisk in the milk and season with salt and pepper, thicken to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the light white cheddar.
Pour the sauce evenly over the pasta and tuna. Gently combine with a spoon to settle the sauce.
Top the casserole with Parm cheese. Bake until golden and hot through (about 10-15 minutes).
Be sure to watch it; checking frequently after 10 minutes.
The outcome of this recipe was wonderful! It definitely took me back to my childhood. Now I know I can have the same comforts of the "good ol' days" in a way that fits my nutritional needs of today. Try it out and let me know what you think!
**If the fat and calories still look a little high for you, you can try using fat-free cheese instead of reduced-fat (or half reduced/half fat-free). That is where you have a little flexibility to make it fit your own cookin' lean standards. Either way, you can't go wrong.
NUTRITION FACTS (Per Serving)~
BEFORE~ 885.8 calories / 45.4g fat / 75.5g carbohydrate / 42.3g protein / 4g fiber
AFTER~ 535 calories / 17g fat / 53g carbohydrate / 39.6g protein / 5.5g fiber
SAVES~ 350.8 calories / 28.4g fat / 22.5g carbohydrate
ADDS ~ 1.5g fiber
Rachael's Original Recipe for TUNA MELT MAC N' CHEESE.