Cajun Bacon Tuna Pasta Bake

Cajun Bacon Tuna Pasta Bake

Lightened Up Cajun Bacon Tuna Pasta Bake packs a flavorful punch without all the guilt to satisfy you busy weekdays or any day comfort cravings.  This post is sponsored by StarKist, all love for their tuna is my own.

You guys, I made you a casserole!  But this isn’t your grandmother’s casserole.  Well, in truth, I can’t say that because I don’t know your grandmother.  But I am guessing her casseroles weren’t lightened up, or Cajun spiced, or topped with cheesy panko breadcrumbs.  Just a hunch.  But honestly, I did make my grandmother’s tuna noodle casserole – or a version of it  – all the time in college.  It was my guilty pleasure that was so simple to throw together and its creamy, naughty goodness was nothing short of addicting… so addicting.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. rotini cooked al dente (don’t overcook!)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I use lowfat)
  • 2-4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup petite frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 5.0 oz can Starkist Albacore Tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
Read the whole recipe on Carlsbad Cravings