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Healthy Tuna Casserole with Brown Rice Penne Pasta

I’ve been craving some old school comfort food; but it’s tricky because the old school comfort food for me has LOTS of white flour LOL. I tracked down this brown rice pasta and thought I’d give a healthy tuna casserole a try. Yes, it’s even gluten free (even though I don’t really follow that kind of stuff).

I was a little worried about the brown rice pasta. How would it cook? How would it taste? And I was pleasantly surprised! The consistency and taste was PERFECT and totally satisfied my little craving. Yep, I ate on this baby for a couple of days and it made my heart and taste buds smile. I’m not sure if you can call this a recipe, but here it is.

Healthy Tuna Casserole with Brown Rice Penne Pasta

Cook and drain the pasta according to directions; add the tuna, cream of mushroom soup, and frozen peas; add some liquid till it looks about right; top with parm; cook for a while til the top is crusty. Yep – that’s how I roll – cook by look – ha! And yes, I know there’s sodium in the soup and tuna, but since this is a BUNCH of servings, I’m totally not sweating it.

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Do you have any comfort food makeovers to share?

Note: I won some of the Pacific Natural Foods Soups through a contest with Spabettie. I didn’t get paid or coerced or schmoozed to write any of this. I’m just happy to have some new stuff to try since I’m the chief assembler in The Assembler’s Kitchen.

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  1. Not really; I’m not much of a cook. Okay, that might be an understatement! But I do eat a lot of pizza that I’ve made over. For the crust I use some flatbreads we get at Costco that are whole grain with lots of protein and fiber. Yum.
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    • Kris says:

      YUM!!!! I know I love you cuz neither of us “cook” ha! Love the flatbread idea…. I did a pizza on a tortilla – uh – it was amazing! I’ll have to try that again actually :)

  2. Denise says:

    LOVE that recipe, Kris – with my diabetes, I’m really fighting to find yummy comfort food that doesn’t spike my blood sugar and this one definitely qualifies!
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    • Kris says:

      Yes! I’m not diabetic, but I really try to watch my sugar spikes – I think that’s big for me actually. So yes I watch all kinds of carbs (fruit, etc). I gotta say, after a LONG time with no pasta-ish stuff, this tasted really, REALLY great!

  3. YES, this is a recipe! ;) happy you are liking the Pacific Foods LOOT and also happy you found and like the rice pasta – we LOVE that here! (first time I ever made it was a Big Fail, I salted the water as I normally do – the rice pasta soaked it all up and it was pretty much inedible!) too salty.

    I also love the “cook by look” – I do this too, as well as by taste. ;)

    thanks for the recipe roundup – those all look fab!
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    • Kris says:

      LOOOT is lovely – so grateful – really! That’s funny about the salt – that would have never occurred to me LOL xoxo

  4. brandi says:

    thanks so much for the link!

    this makeover looks great. I love the TJ’s brown rice pasta. It has such a great texture.

  5. Your pasta looks great… Thanks for reminding me that I’ve been wanting to try TJ’s Brown Rice Pasta. (And thanks for the link!)
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  6. Yum Yucky says:

    Please don’t gasp at my confession: When I make my version of tuna casserole, I use the “tuna in oil”. Whooops! But I will add the peas like you from mow on. Nice touch!
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    • Kris says:

      I would expect no less – cuz we are sinnin’ sistahs! And yes – the peas are LOVELY! Funny, cuz afterwards I thought, “Hmmm shouldn’t this have lots of cheese melting on the inside?” I think casseroles are supposed to be that way. BUT I was so not missing the stringy gooey goodness – the crusty parm on the top was perfect!


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