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Tuna Noodle Casserole with Kale

Tuna Noodle Casserole with Kale

This old fashioned Tuna Noodle Casserole with all the modern updates like wine and caper cream sauce as well as kale is far from boring!
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Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna noodle casserole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 682kcal
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 125 ml/1/2 cup white wine
  • 250 ml/1 cup cream
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 X160g cans of tuna
  • 1/2 lbs wholewheat pasta
  • 100 g/1 cup kale or spinach chopped
  • 75 g/1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 tbsp herb and garlic breadcrumbs recipe link in the text


  • Bring water to a boil, add 1 tsp of salt and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
  • Make the cream sauce by melting the butter in a large pan and sautéing chopped onion with fresh tarragon in it over low heat until onion is tender and tarragon is fragrant for approximately 7 minutes.
  • Add flour and cook while stirring for one minute, then add wine, let it bubble for a few seconds, then add cream, mustard and capers, cook for additional 3-4 minutes over medium heat until the sauce thickens slightly, add salt to taste and take it off the heat.
  • Drain pasta when cooked and add directly to the sauce, then add drained tuna, chopped kale, gently toss to combine, add additional salt if needed.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and breadcrumbs (* At this point you can freeze the casserole and cook it at a later date.) Or if cooking immediately, bake in the preheated oven uncovered for 20 minutes until the top is golden and the tuna noodle casserole is heated through.


Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 518mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3845IU | Vitamin C: 31.6mg | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 4.5mg