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Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole

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Per serving: 216 Calories; 11g Total Fat; (46% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 25mg Cholesterol; 430mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 1 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

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Ingredients

  • 1 box WHITE cheddar macaroni and cheese
  • 1/2 onion -- chopped
  • 1 can albacore tuna -- drained
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, low-fat -- shredded

Details

Servings 4

Preparation

Step 1

Boil water to make boxed mac and cheese. Cook pasta and drain.

In the meantime, chop your onion, open and drain your tuna and get ready to launch into tuna casserole land.

In a medium-sized skillet, melt your measly 1/2 tablespoon of butter. (I'm trying to be good about the butter, but sometimes I slip a little extra in) Now saute your onion and as it turns clear, add the drained tuna. Then add the milk, butter and sauce packet from the box and cook till it thickens. Schlep everything together except the saltines and cheddar and stick it in a lightly greased casserole dish. Top with saltines and then cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, give or take, in a preheated 350 degree oven.

If you are like me, you will be a) blown away that something so easy could taste so good b) make it so often everyone eventually begins to groan c)sneak the leftovers for lunch before the kids find out.

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