Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Light Tuna Noodle Skillet Recipe

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Happy Friday LOVIES!! I’m so excited about this weekend since it’s our ONE YEAR wedding anniversary weekend and E has some top secret plans in store. I’m still shocked it’s been A YEAR.

It falls on Sunday, but don’t worry, I’m working on a special post that I’ll share with some never before seen lovely wedding photos!

Anyone else have any fabulous plans? Do share them! However, if I may be so bold, I urge you to include this skinny skillet as one of your plans.

Friends, after almost 3 years of blogging (1 official year as a food blogger) I think I’ve gotten to know y’all and what you like. As much as you love lightened up desserts, like chocolate cake and pumpkin cookies, you all simply adore comfort food. And not just any ol’ comfort food, lightened up comfort food that is EASY and can be made in ONE POT. Which makes me happy because that’s what I love to cook! For one, this is a typical sight in my sink.

And two? Comfort food is, well, comforting. It makes me feel warm, fuzzy and happy, it ignites those feelings of nostaligia and takes me back to those days  of eating my mom’s amazing comfort food creations. I’m just happy the food I love to cook makes you guys as happy too 🙂 So, because of the overwhelming popularity of my skinny lasagna skillet, I decided to make another favorite over, tuna noodle casserole.

Now, I know, this doesn’t SOUND glamorous. I mean, tuna noodle casserole? It’s not what the housewives of Beverly Hills are eating. But it’s down home, good cookin’ and it makes me feel cozy and warm inside.

Now, it looks insanely creamy, decadent and indulgent, but looks sure can be deceiving! One and 1/3 cup of this stuff only has 380 calories and JUST 7 grams of fat. For a HEAPING cup and a third! That’s my kinda skillet!

Now, I know some people may not like tuna, and guess what, you don’t have to use it! You can use shrimp, lobster, crab, chicken or even steak! Or, you can omit the meat and just enjoy the creamy deliciousness of the pasta and sauce. Really, it’s up to you!

So, friends, make this guilt-free skillet, enjoy with a crisp class of Chardonnay and enjoy this GAWWGEOUS weather!

Recipe adapted from Eating Well

Skinny Tuna Noodle Skillet

Serves about 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes


  • 8 ounces of fettuccine pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 12 ounces (about 2 1/2 cans) chunk  light tuna, drained
  • 1 2/3 cups of skim milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 5 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper


  1. Boil pasta in a large pot with a dash of salt until tender, about 8 minutes. Remove, rinse and set aside.
  2. In a deep pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until just softened, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes. Add flour and coat to cover the veggies.  Pour wine in and cook until most of it cooks out, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add in milk, cream, peas and tuna, simmer until sauce begins to thicken, about 4 – 6 more minutes. Liberally season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in noodles, cheeses, parsley and basil. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutritional information per 1 1/3 cup:

Calories: 380
Fat: 7
Carbohydrates: 46
Fiber: 5
Protein: 32
Weight Watchers Points:  9

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  1. Posted by Kimberly Bright on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    Holy crap! Look at that protein count. This my kind of dish. I could eat an entire skillet of this (if no one was looking). 
  2. Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary, Claire! What an exciting milestone for you both. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe, too. It looks mouthwatering! Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter if you haven't already!
  3. Posted by Jaima on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    Congrats on one year!  Ours is coming up in a few months too.  I cannot believe the nutrition stats on that skillet of goodness.  Putting on my meal plan for next week!
  4. Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    Happy, happy anniversary! Have a blast. Can't wait to try this! 
  5. Posted by Stephsbitebybite on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    I'm so excited that this weekend is your anniversary!! CONGRATULATIONS!! And this skillet is making my mouth water! (I voted for a sweet recipe...but now I'm glad tht you posted the savory!)
  6. Posted by Lauren on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    happy one year soon! Haha looks fab :)
  7. Posted by Erin on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    Happy Anniversary!!  Enjoy your weekend together! 
    Nothing beats a creamy comforting pasta, especially one that isn't full of calories!
  8. Posted by Marnely Rodriguez on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    Happy Anniversary dear! Love this, and I actually love love tuna "sauce" on pasta! Italians call it Tonnato and serve it over breaded veal! I need to try this recipe!
  9. Posted by Sandra on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    This sounds super easy to do! I'll try it this weekend!
  10. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    I love tuna noodle casserole, but I haven't had it in forever. This looks so yummy and much lighter!

    And Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a great time!
  11. Posted by Tya @ Note Etc. on
    Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    they are looks amzing delicious, creamy sauce combine with fettuccine and tuna are major delicious

  12. Posted by jules on
    Saturday, March 24th, 2012
    Happy anniversary. This receipe is gorgeous. I love creamy tuna tastes.
  13. Saturday, March 24th, 2012
    YAY! You made it through the first year! You were such a gorgeous bride, too bad we only wear our wedding dresses once. You should bust that bad boy out and go to Taco Tuesday in that thing. That would be awesome. 
  14. Posted by DCB on
    Saturday, March 24th, 2012
    Looks delish!  My hubby will love it.  Happy Anniversary!  Ours is Sunday as well,  11 glorious, stupendous, wonderful years together!  : )
  15. Posted by Gourmantine on
    Saturday, March 24th, 2012
    Congrats with the anniversary, that's a first big milestone :) I'd love to dig into that casserole!
  16. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Sunday, March 25th, 2012
    Congratulations!! :)
    And oooh, I love creamy tuna noodles. Looks delicious!
  17. Posted by Susan on
    Sunday, March 25th, 2012
    A question! If one uses whole wheat pasta, does it decrease some of the carb impact of this dish? It looks wonderful and since I am a WW dieter, it's immediately interesting to me ... as one of those splurge meals with pasta as a main component!  
    • Posted by admin on
      Monday, March 26th, 2012
      Hi Susan! The carb level will probably be relatively around the same (both have similar counts of carbs) but will make it m ore filling, thus needing less of a serving size!
  18. Posted by Kelly on
    Monday, March 26th, 2012
    Happy Anniversary!!!  This looks so delicious! :)
  19. Posted by Ally on
    Monday, March 26th, 2012
    Loving all the flavors in this! Amazing combination of greens, cream, fish & pasta!
  20. Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    Lord almighty, you have me craving tuna casserole at 10 in the morning. Loving this!
  21. Posted by FoodStoriesBlog on
    Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    This looks amazing. Can't wait to try it and peruse the rest of your site!
  22. Posted by Erin on
    Monday, July 7th, 2014
    Could you leave out the wine or replace it with something? I'm underage and can't really buy it to make this.
  23. Posted by Susan on
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
    I substituted zucchini noodles for the pasta noodles. Delish!