Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Creamy Lemon Spinach Tuna Casserole Recipe (No Cream Soup!)

Mar 6, 2014

Creamy Lemon Spinach Tuna Casserole Recipe (No Cream Soup!)

Hello lovelies!

I hope you're having a fantastic week so far! I have a wonderful recipe for you today. Full of cheesy, creamy goodness! Creamy Lemon Spinach Tuna Casserole! It's great for those of you who participate in Lent, or those looking for an affordable and delicious homemade meal!

The lemon and tuna flavors work so great with each other and adding the spinach gets you some much needed veggies! I love making casseroles that don't have cream of can soup in them, and this one is still super easy to prepare, even with making the sauce from scratch!

What are your favorite casseroles??

Creamy Lemon Spinach Tuna Casserole (click here to print recipe)

What you need:
8 ounces penne pasta, cooked al dente
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup half and half
zest from 1 small lemon
juice from 1/2 small lemon
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1- 6 ounce can tuna, drained and flaked
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large skillet over medium heat, drizzle the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic for about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute then add the stock, sour cream, half and half, zest, lemon juice, parsley salt and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken then add the spinach, tuna, 1/4 cup parmesan and 1/4 cup mozzarella. Stir constantly until the cheese melts. Add the cooked pasta and combine.

Pour into a greased 8x11 inch baking dish and top with remaining parmsean and mozzarella. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted.

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  1. This looks SO delicious, and perfect for an easy homemade dinner! Pinned :)

  2. Super tasty and nutritious dish at the same time. Love it and pinning it.

  3. Yum! This looks so easy to do and delicious! Pinned!

    xx Kait

  4. Can I substitute anything for the half/half? My boys are lactose intolerant.

  5. I absolutely love tuna casserole, this looks like a really delicious variation. I'm going to have to try it out :)

    Love your blog, I found you over on Weekend Potluck!